By following a few simple steps you can keep your garbage disposal running smoothly and lasting longer
A slow kitchen drain is annoying. If left ignored it will most likely get worse. The main reason kitchen drains backup is all the stuff people put in their garbage disposals. You might say, isn’t it the job of the garbage disposal to grind up kitchen waste? Well yes. But that doesn’t mean it will all go through the pipe. Here are three common things your garbage disposal doesn’t like:
1. Never pour hot grease down your disposal. When the grease cools it congeals and clogs your kitchen drain. It’s best to let the grease cool, then scrape it into your garbage can.
2. Avoid putting coffee grounds into your disposal. They can collect in the drain trap, eventually clogging the drain.
3. Don’t put flour, pasta, rice, potatoes, and other starchy foods down the disposal. They can create a paste that clings to the inside of the disposal and drainpipe.
Here’s one more quick tip to avoid garbage disposal back up, run the faucet for about 15-30 seconds after you turn off the disposal. This helps flush the line.