Plumbing Facts – Garbage Disposals & Their Myths

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If you can’t chew it don’t put it in garbage disposals in Waukesha WI

Garbage disposals are usually used multiple times each day in most Waukesha WI homes. While years ago this was not the case, today most people cannot imagine cleaning up after a meal without a disposal. More than ever, disposals are standard equipment in a modern kitchen.

Since disposals are used so widely, you would think people would be very aware of how to care and maintain them. In fact, the information passed from homeowner to homeowner is often based on fiction, not fact. Some of the fiction are myths and much of the fiction comes from misinformation published on the internet. At Schoenwalder Plumbing we want to correct some of these misunderstandings and provide some simple tips to help you to care for your disposal correctly. Our primary goal is to help our customers keep their disposals functioning at top efficiency.

Garbage Disposals And Their Myths In Waukesha WI

  •  Sharpening Garbage Disposal Blades With Ice Cubes – One common myth is if garbage disposals are not grinding down food effectively, their blades need sharpening. So, to sharpen them, pour ice cubes into the garbage disposal and turn it on sharpen the blades. SPOILER ALERT – this doesn’t work. The reality is there are no “blades” to sharpen in garbage disposals. The impellers grinding organic waste are blunt. In fact, besides ice cubes not sharpening “blades”, they may even damage the impellers. If your garbage disposal isn’t performing well, call your plumber for a repair.
  • Pour Hot Water Down The Disposal When It’s Running – Believe it or not, pouring hot water into a garbage disposal when it is running actually risks overheating the unit. While it seems logical since hot water dissolves grease, the hotter the water, the higher the risk. Using cold water when clearing out your disposal is recommended by the manufacturers.
  • A Garbage Disposal Can Handle Any Food Products – If you believe this, you and your disposal are in trouble. Garbage disposals are extremely tough. However, they are not invincible. They are designed to grind down soft food particles. Items such as bones, gristle, corn cobs, and popcorn kernels are hard on garbage disposals. In time, they will contribute to a breakdown. The bottom line is if your teeth can’t chew it, disposals won’t either. The hard items should be thrown in the trash.

Garbage Disposals Need Service Like All Machines

At Schoenwalder Plumbing, we hope these tips will lead to a longer life for your disposal. No matter how cautious you are when using your disposal, it will break down at some point. When it does, the pros at Schoenwalder Plumbing are available to help.

Schoenwalder Plumbing are expert at installing and servicing garbage disposals. We serve Waukesha WI providing complete plumbing and well pump service in Lake Country including Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Oconomowoc, Dousman and New Berlin.

Contact Schoenwalder Plumbing at 262-542-7908 or email for more information about garbage disposals in Waukesha WI.

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