With the holiday season quickly approaching, you’re probably already making plans with your friends and family members who will be celebrating with you in your Santa Clara, California home. While there will be plenty of good food to be enjoyed, this also means that your garbage disposal will probably be used more than it typically is. Check out this list of dos and don’ts for using your garbage disposal this holiday season to keep your home’s plumbing system operating at its best.
DO: Have Maintenance Performed
If it’s been a while since you had professional maintenance performed on your garbage disposal, early fall is a great time to do so. More people eating in your home will lead to more food items passing through your garbage disposal. If the system hasn’t been tuned up in a while, this increase in usage may lead to a major plumbing emergency. Before people start showing up to celebrate the holidays in your home, contact us for garbage disposal maintenance to make sure the disposal is ready for this increase in usage.
DON’T: Use Your Garbage Disposal as a Garbage Can
You already know that there are some items that you shouldn’t put into your garbage disposal. However, it’s easy to get a little relaxed with those rules when you have a house full of guests, and you’re constantly rushing around the kitchen, trying to keep things clean and tidy. However, you should make sure that you’re continuing to only put things in your garbage disposal that the disposal can safely process. Saving a few seconds in the kitchen isn’t worth causing a plumbing emergency in the middle of the holiday season. Bones, stringy foods, and starchy items should never be put in your garbage disposal.
DO: Keep it Clean
When more food is going into your garbage disposal, the chance for buildup is higher. While you should never try to repair your garbage disposal on your own, you can take some small steps to keep it clean. Once you and your guests have finished your holiday meals, run some diluted dish detergent and water through the system. Not only will this help flush out some scraps, but it will also cut down on any unpleasant odors that may come from the system.
The team at Smart Plumbers and Rooters knows that the holiday season is one of the most enjoyable but also one of the most stressful times of the year. Something as simple as having a garbage disposal that is working at its best can help alleviate some of that stress, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the season with your loved ones. Contact us today to find out about garbage disposal maintenance and the rest of our plumbing services.