A garbage disposal system is an extra way to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up being sent to waste management facilities and landfills. While it is a very useful kitchen appliance to have, it is also a very easy appliance to abuse which can prevent it from working properly.
A garbage disposal unit is designed to grind small items of leftover food waste into even smaller fragments, which enable it to easily flush through pipes and into a sewer or septic tank. What kinds of items should never be placed into the garbage disposal unit? The unit is designed for food items only so items that easily end up in the sink like bottle caps and aluminum foil should never be place down the garbage disposal. Chemicals, grease and oil are other items that should not end up there.
Not all food items are appropriate for a garbage disposal system either. Bones can damage the unit’s blades. Fibrous foods such as corn husks and potato peels etc. can also present a problem by clogging up the system. If you really want to place this type of food down there, make sure you only do it in small amounts and keep the water running for a short while after you have switched off the garbage disposal.
By following these simple suggestions, you will do a lot to prolong the life of your kitchens garbage disposal system and lessen the need for added maintenance.