Garbage Disposal Questions

Garbage Disposal Questions and Answers

What’s the best way to extend the life of my garbage disposal?
Avoid overloading your disposal, and always use plenty of cold water while running it. Never dispose of very hard items like bones or corn husks. You should never use a caustic drain opener such as Draino or Liquid Plumber. Also remember to never use your hands to remove items from your gargage disposal.


I have a foul odor coming from my garbage disposer. What can I do to eliminate this odor?
Foul odors occur from a buildup of food debris within the disposer. To eliminate this odor, place ice cubes and lemon or orange peels in the disposer and run for 30 seconds. Next, squirt a little liquid dish detergent into the disposer while it is still running. Finally, run cold water for about 30 seconds to rinse all the debris away.


What should I do if my garbage disposal stops working?
The first thing to try is the reset switch located on the bottom of most disposals. If that doesn’t work, call Mike’s Plumbing to fix it.