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Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal the Right Way

Garbage disposal cleaning

If you're a Venice homeowner that owns a garbage disposal, then you know the importance of proper garbage disposal cleaning and maintenance because your unit can malfunction and emit foul odors if neglected. Without consistent maintenance, you'll need to contact a plumber in no time, and you might even require a garbage disposal replacement. If you want to take good care of your garbage disposal so that you can put off costly repairs or replacements, listen to the advice of skilled professionals.

The Cleaning Process Step by Step

  • Clear Out Debris - Turn off the power fuse to the garbage disposal to ensure safe cleaning. Use pliers or tongs to remove non-disposable debris stuck in the garbage disposal. If you aren't confident in your ability to remove debris from your garbage disposal safely, contact your local plumber to schedule this service with experienced professionals.
  • Clean the Grinding Elements - Combine a cup of rock salt and two cups of ice cubes, and fill the garbage disposal with the mixture. You can substitute the cup of rock salt with a cup of vinegar. Run cold water down the drain, and turn on the garbage disposal for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Clear the Drain Line - Drain lines should be purged periodically, and they should also be cleared after debris is removed. Plug the drain, fill the sink with 2 to 4 inches of water, remove the drain plug, and turn on the garbage disposal.
  • Freshen Up the Disposal - Place a handful of citrus peels from lemons, limes, or oranges into the garbage disposal, run cold water, and turn on the garbage disposal.

Reach Out to Our Reputable Plumbing Company

Your local plumber can give you more helpful garbage disposal cleaning and maintenance tips. Contact Minuteman Plumbing if you'd like to consult with a trusted plumber or schedule a garbage disposal replacement for your Venice home.

If you are looking for an emergency plumber in the Sarasota area, please call 941-445-1719 or complete our online request form.