Having a garbage disposal is an incredible tool for keeping your kitchen clean. It makes cleaning dirty pots, pans, plates, and utensils a breeze and saves you from having to manually dispose of food scraps. However, garbage disposals can break down if not properly used and maintained. In this blog post, we will share some tips and tricks on how to avoid breakdowns and keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape.

Proper Use

The first step in avoiding garbage disposal breakdowns is ensuring proper use. Here are some tips to ensure correct usage:

  • Avoid overloading your disposal unit with excess food scraps.
  • Run cold water before and after using your disposal.
  • Avoid pouring grease or oil down the disposal.
  • Don’t put coffee grounds or eggshells down the disposal.
  • Avoid putting fibrous foods like celery or corn husks in the disposal.

Regular Maintenance

In addition to proper usage, regular maintenance is critical to keeping your garbage disposal functioning smoothly. Here are some maintenance techniques you can apply:

  • Clean the disposal regularly with dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar.
  • Use ice cubes to sharpen the blades and remove debris.
  • Avoid using chemical cleaners as they may cause corrosion.

Troubleshooting Techniques

If your disposal is not working correctly, there are some troubleshooting techniques you can apply before calling a plumber. Here are some of them:

  • Use a plunger to unclog your disposal.
  • Use tongs or pliers to remove any visible debris.
  • Look for the reset button on the disposal (usually located at the bottom) and press it.

When to call a plumber

While there are several troubleshooting techniques, there are times you’ll need to call a professional plumber. Here are some instances when you should call a plumber:

  • If your garbage disposal has completely stopped working.
  • If your garbage disposal is leaking or making unusual sounds.
  • If your garbage disposal is emitting unpleasant odors.


In conclusion, taking care of your garbage disposal is important to avoid breakdowns and lengthen its lifespan. Always follow proper use guidelines, perform regular maintenance and cleaning, and know when to call for professional plumbing services. By following these steps, you can keep your garbage disposal functioning smoothly for years to come. If you ever encounter any issues, don’t hesitate to contact us for reliable and professional plumbing services.