During the winter months most people like to think about spending time close to home and visiting with family. A winter evening is always made a little less harsh when there is a warm meal and good company nearby.
However, that warm meal takes some preparation and with that comes cleanup. During the winter is when a malfunction with the plumbing system can mean a serious inconvenience for you and your family.
The number one plumbing malfunction in homes throughout the country during the winter months is a clogged garbage disposal. This is usually due to the extra use of the appliance this time of year but also because of the materials that people put into their garbage disposal.
The foods that are prepared during the winter months are thick and often have a stout peeling, making them more than your disposal can handle.
Some people think that there are actual blades in the disposal like the bottom of a blender. However, your disposal doesn’t contain blades at all and the system can get overwhelmed by food fairly quickly.
Here are a few things that you can do to protect your garbage disposal from a clog this winter:
- Always run the water when using your garbage disposal. Running it dry could lead to clogs because the water helps to push all of the pulp and materials down the drain.
- Keep in mind that your disposal, kitchen sink, and dishwasher all use the same drain. Be mindful of what you are putting into each of these sections of your plumbing system as the single drain could become overwhelmed easily
- Make sure to always put vegetable peelings, meat bones and scraps, and oil or grease into the garbage can. Putting these items into the garbage disposal could quickly lead to a serious problem.
- Pour a pot of boiling water into your garbage disposal drain at least one time per month as a preventative maintenance measure.
- Use small pieces of citrus peels and ice cubes to keep your disposal clean and fresh
- Consider starting a composting bucket for your home to get rid of the biodegradable items that are not able to go into your disposal drain
Keep your disposal working in top condition all year around by following these simple tips for best practices and maintenance. Your holiday could easily become interrupted by disaster if your disposal gets clogged or overwhelmed by food particles.