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Extending the Lifespan of Sink Garbage Disposals

May 26, 2020

Garbage disposals can last 10 to 15 years, but only if they are properly taken care of. There are a few things that can affect how long a garbage disposal will last.

Extending the Lifespan of Sink Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals can last 10 to 15 years, but only if they are properly taken care of. There are a few things that can affect how long a garbage disposal will last. For example, the quality and brand of garbage disposal definitely matters. The items you put down your garbage disposal will also matter, so make sure you keep reading to learn what should not go down the sink and into the garbage disposal. Regardless of how your garbage disposal has become clogged or broken, you should hire a professional and licensed Houston plumber, and garbage disposal expert so you can be sure its repaired or replaced affordably and properly. 


Your garbage disposal brand and the overall quality matters, so avoid using a cheap garbage disposal if you would like to make sure it is still working in 10 to 15 years. A heavy-duty garbage disposal can break up food easily and without damaging the internal parts. Over time any garbage disposal will of course have softened blade edges that cannot cut through food as easily. However, a high quality garbage disposal will obviously last for longer. 


You cannot just put any material or food down the disposal unit! You must be careful with what you put down the drain. Heavy grease or fibrous foods will affect your disposal, so avoid putting those types of foods down. If any grease or fats do go into the garbage disposal by accident, make sure you immediately pour hot water and soap down the drain to help the oil and grease go down the drain. 


Avoid putting any of the following into a sink garbage disposal: 

- Potato peels

- Onion skins

- Coffee grounds / coffee beans

- Eggshells

- Bones

- Hard nuts

- Oil

- Fat

- Grease 

- Uncooked pasta

- Uncooked rice

- Uncooked / non-soaked beans


You definitely must avoid non-food items such as cigarette butts, plastic, glass, rubber, paper, cloth, towels, tampons, diapers, and other items that should never be put down a sink garbage disposal. 


Garbage Disposal Services

You should aim to have a plumber inspect and clean your garbage disposal once per year or two at the most. This will help your disposal last longer because it will be fully cleared out and checked by a professional. Our licensed plumbing company can help with your garbage disposal installation, repairs, cleaning, or even full replacement. Let us know what you need and we will be sure to provide the best service possible!

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