Garbage Disposal Services College Station

The old adage sure seems like it holds today, doesn’t it: the average life expectancy is the length of the warranty plus one day! While this “feels” true, you’ll be happy to know that the average lifespan of a kitchen disposal is twelve years. That’s quite a long time when you consider they’re relatively inexpensive (at least as far as kitchen appliances go).

So, what can you feed your disposal that might keep it happy and shredding? You can send almost anything down the disposal so long as you keep the water running. There are a few things that will prematurely age your disposal and possibly ruin it completely.

Never feed your disposal highly fibrous vegetables: celery stalks, corn husks, or asparagus. Those strings will wrap themselves around the small moving parts: the blades, the rotating heads, etc. Never feed your disposal coffee grounds: they create a dark sludge that settles at the bottom and creates the blockage in the pipes. Grounds won’t keep blades from turning, but they settle layer by layer into the pipes which hurts water flow. Of course, there are the old standard “nevers” — egg shells, potato peelings, grease, or hard fruit pits (think peach pits). These can damage blades or stick to the interiors of the cannister. If it needs to be mentioned, don’t send bones down the disposal. They splinter and jam blades. Roofing nails. Don’t send roofing nails down the garbage disposal — you think we’re kidding, but…we’ve been doing this a long time and have seen some crazy things!

PRO-TIP: grinding a lemon rind down the disposal every once in awhile can “freshen” the disposal, keeping it clean and eliminating disgusting odors. Make sure to run the disposal every night after dinner to keep the sink lines clear and pests from taking interest in what remains at the bottom of your sink. Give JBG a call if you feel like your sink disposal is underperforming or nearing the end of its lifespan. They’re certainly worth the small investment.