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Maintenance Tips for Your Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal in your Indianapolis, Indiana, area home, you know that it’s an exceptional machine that makes household duties less demanding. But if not used or maintained appropriately, a garbage disposal can easily break down, and cause a costly plumbing and drain problems.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of garbage disposal care:

Garbage disposals can handle a selection of food items, but there are a few things that shouldn't be placed into a disposal:
Large bones: Small, soft bones may acceptable, but large, heavy bones will jam the blades or completely break your disposal.
Fruit pits: Much the same as large bones, fruit pits are too hard and heavy to be broken up by a residential garbage disposal.
Fibrous vegetables and fruits: These foods include celery, corn husks, banana peels, and asparagus, and the tough, stringy strands will tangle the blades and render them inoperable.
Uncooked rice and pasta: Uncooked rice and pasta expand when exposed to water and could form a solid, immovable plug of starches inside the disposal's drain.
Never put non-food items into your garbage disposal. For example, paper, glass, plastic or wooden items can jam the disposal blades, damage the motor, or clog the drain.
In addition, keep other substances out of the garbage disposal, such as bleach, lye, acids, and household chemicals. These substances could damage the seals that prevent leaks or do damage to other internal components.
While we may not think about a garbage disposal often, this convenient appliance should be treated with care like any other appliance in our homes.
If your garbage disposal is jammed, clogged, or leaking, contact the professionals at Gurney J. Bush, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, for same-day service.