Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, delicious dishes, and giving thanks for the wonderful people and things in your life. It is also when your kitchen sees more action than usual, especially your garbage disposal.
While garbage disposals certainly come in handy during meal preparation and cleanup, misusing them can lead to a complete disaster. To ensure your Thanksgiving feast goes smoothly this year, here are some garbage disposal mistakes to avoid.
Overloading the Disposal
During the hustle and bustle of preparing food for Thanksgiving dinner, it is easy to start stuffing food scraps in the disposal all at once. Remember, the blades in the garbage disposal are not designed to handle large quantities of food at one time. Instead, feed it small amounts of food at a time and run water while it works to help flush the waste down.
Putting Inedible Items in the Disposal
Your garbage disposal is a very useful device, but it is certainly not indestructible. It is only designed for food, so non-food items like plastic, metal, or paper can damage the entire unit. While you are in the kitchen, make sure only appropriate items make their way to the disposal.
Pouring Grease Down the Drain
During Thanksgiving, there’s often an abundance of cooking oils and greases. Although it may seem convenient to pour them down the drain, it is a bad idea. The disposal does not have a mechanism that destroys the grease, and the blades will become less effective after several grease coatings. Instead, wait for the grease and oil to solidify in a separate container and throw them in the trash. Is your drain clogged? We provide professional drain cleaning services in Central New Jersey.
Ignoring Unusual Noises or Odors
If you are a homeowner, you probably know that it is seldom a good idea to ignore strange sounds or smells. The same goes for your garbage disposal. Unusual sounds or foul odors could be early indicators of a problem that might result in a costly repair or replacement. Consult a professional plumber to investigate the issue further.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate with family and loved ones, but don’t let your garbage disposal spoil the holiday. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure your feast goes off without a hitch! Give the experts at C&C Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electric in New Jersey a call at 732-860-2660 to learn more about proper garbage disposal use or to schedule an appointment.