Garbage disposals make our lives easier—but they are often misused. In fact, garbage disposals are some of the most abused kitchen appliances. This is largely due to the fact that many people think garbage disposals are capable of handling just about anything when, in reality, they are only intended for soft, non-starchy, organic waste.
If you need garbage disposal services in Long Beach, including garbage disposal repair or replacement, give us a call! At Power Pro Plumbing Heating & Air, we are proud to offer a full range of garbage disposal services for customers throughout the South Bay and the Greater Los Angeles Area. Trust our professional plumbing technicians to get your disposal back up-and-running!
Call (800) 260-7187 or submit an online contact form today to request a free estimate! We are available 24/7 for emergency plumbing services, including emergency disposal repairs.
What Can & Can’t Be Put Down the Garbage Disposal?
Garbage disposals sit just beneath your kitchen sink, where they are attached to your home’s main plumbing system. When food waste and other materials are washed down the drain, it enters the grinding chamber. Inside this chamber, a shredder breaks down items into small pieces which are then pushed through the drain by an impeller arm and plate.
Garbage disposals are meant only for certain soft, organic materials. Avoid putting any of the following items down the garbage disposal:
- Fibrous foods, such as celery or pumpkin
- Starchy food waste, like pasta or potato peels
- Coffee grounds
- Bones or shells
- Cooking oils and/or grease
- Fruit pits or large seeds
- Uncooked oatmeal or rice
- Onion skins
Additionally, you should never put any of the following down the disposal:
- Non-organic material of any kind
It is a good idea to clean your garbage disposal somewhat regularly to release any scraps of food/waste that may have become lodged in the mechanism. Regular garbage disposal maintenance can also help you eliminate bacteria or mold growth that may occur. There are a few ways to clean your disposal using common household items, like baking soda or white vinegar. You can also clean it with a small amount of liquid bleach.
Flush the garbage disposal with either boiling water or cold water while cleaning and always remember to keep fingers, hands, and foreign objects well away from the disposal while cleaning.
Call Us for Professional Repairs & Installations
If your garbage disposal has stopped working properly or won’t turn on at all, it’s time to call for professional repairs. While it is possible to perform a DIY fix, it is always best to leave complicated plumbing repairs and installations to the pros. When you call Power Pro Plumbing Heating & Air, you can rest assured that our team will get the job done quickly and correctly—the first time.
We can even help you select a new garbage disposal if you do not have one or if your old one has reached the end of its useful lifespan. Our plumbing technicians are expertly trained and capable of working on all makes and models of garbage disposals.
Call (800) 260-7187 for professional garbage disposal services in Long Beach and beyond!