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When we are talking plumbing in St. George, most people think of clogged drains and leaky faucets, but one of the issues we deal with frequently is the workhorse in the kitchen: the garbage disposal. A little care and attention to do’s and don’t’s can go a long way to making sure your disposal doesn’t let you down during those heavy cooking periods.

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When you consider taking care of your plumbing in St. George, put the garbage disposal at the top of your list. To properly care for your disposal, consider its main function, what shouldn’t go down the disposal, and how to clean it.

First, what is a garbage disposal for? It really isn’t a replacement for your trash can. Anything you can throw in a trash can—or put in a compost heap—you should. Don’t try to stuff all unused food down a garbage disposal. A disposal is for the bits that you wash off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher as well as filtering and disposing of food waste from the dishwasher.

Second, what shouldn’t go down your disposal? Don’t put starchy things such as potato peels into the disposal because the starch can accumulate and clog the drain. Also avoid fibrous materials such as avocado peels, onion layers, and celery stalks. The fibers and strings in these items can tangle up and stop the blades from working. You also want to avoid grease.

Finally, every now and then, to care for your plumbing in St. George, you want to clean that disposal. An easy way to cut odors is to chop citrus peels into small pieces and run them through. You can also put ice and rock salt down the disposal to clean it more thoroughly.