6 Things You Need to Know About Your Garbage Disposals

Plumbing Tech

It is no denial that garbage disposals are extremely helpful and efficient as it makes every kitchen’s jobs easier.

Thus, it helps every homeowner to keep their kitchen smells fresh and diminish any harmful bacteria coming from their waste.

Having garbage disposal takes all your worries about getting a clogged pipe because of food scraps that have been unintentionally washed down into your kitchen sink.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garbage disposal that will grind out your food waste almost instantly, here are some pretty important things, you need to know about your reliable garbage disposal.



Installing Garbage Disposal Reduces Food Waste

Almost 30-40% of food in the U.S is thrown in the trash each year, which made it the most significant type of waste to enter into landfills and that waste produces a lot of methane gas, which is not suitable for our environment.

Installing garbage disposal will help reduce that amount of food waste by breaking up and flushing out your foods through your plumbing. It grinds out every food that enters through the drain hole of the sink and pressed it all out at the walls of the disposer’s cylinder and flush it out first through your drainpipe and then goes directly to your sewer.



Garbage Disposal is Not An Eating Machine

Garbage disposal is not a sort of “magic blender” wherein you could put EVERYTHING in it; there are still some food products you should never put in your garbage disposal. Bones, Grease, coffee grounds, pasta & rice, and Peels are just a few things that your disposal can’t handle.


Bones simple spin in the unit until they slip past the blades and clog your drain.


Grease leaves a film on blades, making them less effective. Plus, it will congeal in the sewer system.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are so small that they will directly fall below the shredder and form a sludge that eventually clogs the drains and into your sink.

Pasta and Rice

These foods continue to expand within your unit, which will block the disposal’s trap.


Veggie Peelings can wrap around your blades and could get stuck, causing your sink to back up.

Are Garbage Disposals Cost-Effective?

Garbage disposals costs may vary, but its benefits could greatly outweigh its fees. Garbage disposals refrain you from experiencing drain clogging. It finely chops and grinds your food waste, much like a blender would do.

Since you will no longer throw the majority of your food waste in your trash, you won’t need to deal with the foul smell coming from old food, and you can cut down the overall amount of food waste going to landfills, which in turn reduces methane gas production.

How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Smelling Great

No one ever wants to have a stinky garbage disposal, right? Fortunately, there are natural ways to get rid of those stinks.

If you want your garbage disposal to have a fresh scent, chop up a lemon, orange, or grapefruit and let it run through your kitchen sink. The acidic fruit oil and juice will clean the inside of the garbage disposal and leave you with a sweet scent.

But if ever odors remain, you can pour some baking soda or a drain safe cleaning product down the drain. Let it sit for an hour then run the garbage disposal with hot water. This should get rid of that stinky smell!

How to Use and Maintain Food Disposals

Garbage disposals are incredibly helpful! But, it doesn’t mean they’re problem-free. Here are some tips for making the best of your garbage disposal.

  1. Running cold water into your disposal for several seconds after using it. It solidifies your food waste, which helps grinding up the waste.
  2. Pouring boiling water through it once a month could wash away anything that gets stuck on its blade or even in the pipes.
  3. Using your disposal frequently can prevent it from building rust. As it is made mostly of metal, and constantly comes in contact with water, there’s a higher risk of it getting rusty and soon become useless.

What to do if Your Garbage Disposal is Not Grinding?

Even if you’re using your disposal as carefully as possible, there’s still a chance it will fail.

Sometimes, if your unit appears to be not working, you just need to reset it. You can find a black or red button on the disposal motor underneath your sink. Just push the button to reset it. If that doesn’t work, check whether your garbage disposal had blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker.

If your garbage disposal seems to be jammed, hand crank it! Most garbage disposals have a hole underneath that allows you to hand-crank it free once it’s been jammed. To crank it, use either an Allen wrench or a garbage disposal tool that you can pick up at most hardware stores like Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace Hardware.

Are you interested in installing or repairing your home’s garbage disposal? Call James Caccia Plumbing at (650) 376-6800 and get started today!