If you live in a rural area, or if you have an older home, you may think that having a garbage disposal is like having a dishwasher, it’s a luxury more than a necessity. Or, if you’re like most people, you feel that garbage disposals are a “must have” component to a modern kitchen – we sure feel that way!
Just like a refrigerator or a clothes dryer, garbage disposals don’t last forever; all appliances have a life expectancy. However, like our bodies and like any other household appliance, automobile, or piece of furniture, garbage disposals can last longer if they are properly maintained and they aren’t abused.
So, how long should a brand new garbage disposal last? On average, garbage disposals last about 12 years. However, if people put the wrong stuff down the garbage disposal, such as egg shells, large chunks of food, and large pieces of hard vegetables, the garbage disposal probably won’t last 12 years; its lifespan will be cut short.
Can I Extend the Life of My Garbage Disposal?
You sure can! But first, you need to know what NOT to put down the garbage disposal. Think fibrous foods – these are not good for the disposal because they have a way of entangling the blades and causing them to jam up. We’re talking about celery, lettuce, potato and carrot peels, onion skin, artichokes, chard, and kale.
You also don’t want to put uncooked pasta or rice down the garbage disposal because when they get wet, they expand, rendering your garbage disposal useless. If you want to extend the life of your garbage disposal, avoid putting these foods down the unit:
- Coffee grinds
- Grease (puts a film over the blades, reducing their effectiveness)
- Eggshells (ground to a sand-like consistency, they clog pipes)
- Fats and oils (leads to clogged drains when grease solidifies)
- Fibrous foods (strings wrap around blades, affecting the motor)
- Uncooked pasta and rice (swell when mixed with water, creating a pasty substance that leads to clogging)
- Non-food items, such as sponges, plant clippings, cigarette butts, twist ties, etc.
Most people would agree that garbage disposals are fantastic kitchen appliances that are convenient and reliable. However, even the best models won’t hold up to unsuitable items. If your garbage disposal isn’t working, contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to schedule a service call!
Call 913-631-5201 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!