The garbage disposal plays a significant role in preventing clogs and disposal jams in the kitchen, shredding away food wastes. It essentially makes drain cleaning an easier task to complete.
Garbage disposals, or garburators, have a limited life expectancy. And like other home appliances, the garburator will experience wear and tear; hence, reducing its efficacy and durability. Consequently, there are many factors that impact the lifespan of garbage disposals, including the quality of the garbage disposal installed, frequency of use, and the items that are being put down in the garburator.
Homeowners need to remember that only a set of items can be safely put down in the garbage disposal, and this includes non-starchy fruits and vegetable scraps, liquids and soft foods, chopped foods, citrus rinds, and ice cubes, and cold water.
On the other hand, various items cannot go down on the garbage disposal. It includes fibrous foods, coffee grounds, eggshells, oil and grease, bones, uncooked pasta and rice, and nuts. These items can damage the garburator, reduce its lifespan, or worse, prevent it from functioning properly.
Garbage disposals, when well taken care of, meaning regular maintenance and repair is done, can last for up to 15 years. Subsequently, homeowners’ good practices, such as being strict with what can and can’t go down the disposal, can extend the garbage disposal’s lifespan. This blog from Mr. Rooter Plumbing details how long garbage disposals last and what impacts its lifespan.