Take Care Of Your Garbage Disposal During Your Barbecue This 4Th Of July

Posted on: 25 June 2016

Your garbage disposal is going to have a big job during your upcoming 4th of July barbecue. Many foods that people prepare while grilling can cause disposals to clog. Knowing how to prevent clogs and what to do in the event that a clog occurs can help you take care of your garbage disposal and avoid inconvenient plumbing problems over a holiday. The following tips will help.

Clean Beforehand

Cleaning your garbage disposal before the 4th of July can help prevent clogs and plumbing emergencies. You can clean your garbage disposal using natural products commonly found around the house. Start by pouring coarse salt into your garbage disposal, then put ice on top of it. Turn on the cold water, then let the unit run. The ice will help sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal, while the salt will help scour the inside of the appliance.

Next, put on a pot of water to boil. When the water is boiling, flush the disposal with several cups of cleaning vinegar. Chase the vinegar with boiling water. Turn on the unit and let it run until empty. The vinegar, which is mildly acidic and also a cleaning agent, will help eat away at any clogs in the pipes. It will also rinse the inside of the unit after the scrubbing from the salt.

If your unit has been backing up, sprinkle baking soda into the disposal and put on another pot of water to boil. When the water is boiling, flush it down the disposal. Baking soda is also a natural cleaning agent that helps with grease and sticky foods. This will help flush clogs from the disposal. Repeat the steps with baking soda and vinegar as needed.

Know What Not To Put In Your Disposal

During your barbecue this 4th of July, you'll produce a lot of food waste, some of which shouldn't go down in the disposal. These foods include:

  • Animal bones
  • Fibrous vegetables and organic material (celery, corn husks)
  • Shells of foods (nut shells, avocado peels)
  • Fruit pits
  • Pasta and rice
  • Grease
  • Coffee grounds

When putting food into your garbage disposal, put it in the appliance in small amounts. You may have many guests helping in your kitchen when the barbecue is over. Watch the use of your garbage disposal unit, as some people may not know what can't be put into the appliance. To be extra safe, put up a little sign on the wall near the garbage disposal listing a few good tips for use.

Know Who To Call

In case your garbage disposal does clog this 4th of July, have the number for a 24-hour emergency plumber on hand. Knowing who to call during a holiday emergency can help your 4th of July go more smoothly. Companies like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc., may be able to help.