by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on November 20, 2015

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How to Prevent a Garbage Disposal Disaster This Season

This is the season for your family to enjoy all types of holiday goodies aVancouver, BC Plumbingnd treats that are cooked in your kitchen. From turkey to pumpkin pies, your kitchen will experience its fair share of holiday action.

As a result of large holiday meals, it is also the season for you to use your garbage disposal more than you would during other times of the year. Increased usage can cause your garbage disposal to malfunction. Here are 4 tips that can help you prevent a garbage disposal disaster in your Vancouver home this season.

Dispose of Grease Properly

Grease is a substance that should never be poured down the drain. This oily substance will cause your drain to clog. As a result, your garbage disposal will malfunction.

If you have grease or fat from your holiday meals, put it in a plastic bottle that is closed tightly. Place the bottle in the refrigerator, and allow the grease to harden. Discard the bottle of grease with the rest of your trash.

Grind Food with Cold Water

It might make sense to use hot water as you are grinding food with your garbage disposal. However, cold water is better to use if you want to keep your garbage disposal working properly.

Before you grind the food, turn on the faucet to your kitchen sink. The cold water should have a medium to strong flow. Put the food into the garbage disposal. Continue to run the water for approximately 15 seconds after the garbage disposal has finished grinding the food.

Grind the Food Slowly

After a long day of cooking, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning dishes in the kitchen. As a result, you may be tempted to put massive amounts of food in the garbage disposal at one time.

The proper way to grind food is to place small amounts of food into the grinding chamber. You can add more food as the garbage disposal finishes grinding the previous batch. If you put too much food into your garbage disposal, you can wear out the motor.

Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odors

Old food particles can get caught in your Vancouver garbage disposal system and cause foul odors. You can prevent this from happening by using a bio-degradable cleansing product.

By following these tips, you can prevent your garbage disposal from breaking down this season.

Don’t get clogged up this holiday season in your Vancouver, BC home, call Lambert Plumbing Heating & Air  today at (604) 734-0890.

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