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Disposal Maintenance

In recent years garbage disposals have gone from a luxury to an indispensable kitchen tool. When they work they're the greatest of time savers, but they're not so nice when they become clogged and smelly. Fortunately, it's easy to take steps to keep your disposal running smoothly

You should periodically flush water through the disposal periodically to help minimize the growth of bacteria and collection of debris. You can do this by plugging your drain and filling your sink partially full of water. When you remove the drain plug, turn on the garbage disposal. This will help force water through the system and can dislodge minor food particles that have accumulated. It's an especially good idea to do this kind of cleaning or if possible a full cleaning if you know you will be out of your home for more than a couple of days. This helps minimize the food the odor-causing bacteria have to grow on while you are away and the disposal is inactive.

No matter how hard you try or how careful you are, your disposal will become dirty. The more tough and fibrous materials that go down the drain, the worse the problem will be. A dirty disposal can breed millions of odor-causing germs and leave your kitchen with a very unpleasant spoiled food odor.

The most important thing to remember when cleaning the disposal is to make sure the power is turned off. Disable the circuit breaker to the room and ensure that nobody will turn the power back on while you are working. Needless to say, if at all possible you should also try to clear out any debris using tongs or some kind of long stick to remove the goop. You don't want to stick your hand in such a dangerous device, even with the power out, unless you have no other options. Be smart. No matter how quick you think you'll be reaching in there without cutting the power, it's just not worth it. Don't take unnecessary risks to save time.

If you cannot do it yourself or have a more serious problem, Young's Plumbing can solve your garbage disposal problems for you quickly and professionally.

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