Garbage Disposal FAQ

Garbage Disposal FAQ


Our garbage disposals are one of the most convenient appliances that we have in our homes. They make washing dishes a little more tolerable and keep our kitchen sink drains from being constantly clogged. But not many people know how they work, or how to keep them functioning properly. We’re answering some of the most common garbage disposal questions below, so keep reading to learn more!

Q: Is My Garbage Disposal Dangerous?

A: Most people have this idea that inside of a garbage disposal is a plethora of spinning blades and knives ready to chop your hand off, but this idea is incorrect. While there are sharp parts that should be avoided, a majority of the demolishing of food is done with a rotating hammer that doesn’t have enough force to do much damage to your hand.

We’re not advocating for you to put your hand in a garbage disposal anytime soon, but if the disposal is not on and you’re careful, you should be able to pull an object out of the disposal clear of injury.

Q: How Do I Maintain My Garbage Disposal?

Here are a few tips for helping you to keep your disposal in tip-top shape:

  1. Run your disposal regularly. This will keep the parts running smoothly and prevent them from rusting or corroding.

  2. Leave your disposal running a little while longer after it sounds like all of the food is ground up. This will make sure all of the food and particles have made it out of the disposal.

  3. Grind citrus peels to prevent weird smells from forming in your disposal.

Q: Can My Garbage Disposal Affect My Dishwasher?

If your dishwasher is not draining correctly, then you can probably blame your garbage disposal. When your dishwasher is done running, it drains all of the dirty water through your garbage disposal. If your garbage disposal is brand new and the plug is still inserted, then it won’t allow any of this water through the disposal, and it will have nowhere else to go but back into the dishwasher.

Q: Which Foods Should Not Go in My Garbage Disposal?

There are a few food items that should never go down your sink drain. Some of these items include:

  • Grease, even if it’s liquid when you pour it in, it will cool and harden creating a clog.

  • Fibrous foods like egg shells, onion skins, corn husks, and celery stalks.

  • Coffee grounds.

  • Seeds, kernels, and bones.

Are you experiencing problems with your garbage disposal? Or do you have more questions about how it works? Give the experts at S&D Plumbing a call or visit our website for all the plumbing help you need!

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