Plumbing - Disposal

Your disposal system helps protect blockage in your pipes by breaking down food and other particles disposed in the kitchen sink. Disposals should be cleaned periodically and used properly for maximum effectiveness.

Care and Maintenance Tips


  • Clean your disposal to improve the smell and remove any bacteria that may form under the rubber gasket.
  • Place the stopper in the sink and fill halfway with water.
  • Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and mix together.
  • Turn on the disposal and release the water.
  • Another option is to use citrus rinds: Cut a lemon into 4 sections and freeze; Next, chop it up in your disposal. The acid from the lemon will kill bacteria and leave behind a fresh smell.


  • If the disposal is leaking in the cabinet beneath the sink, place a bucket under the drip.
  • Check the connection between the disposal and drain pipe. If loose, you can tighten to see if this stops the leak. If not successful, call your plumber as soon as possible and schedule a service appointment.


  • Always use cold water when operating your disposal. This not only saves hot water you pay to heat, it preserves the disposal motor and cools the ball bearings which helps the motor last longer.
  • Allow the cold water to run 10 to 15 seconds after shutting off the disposal.
  • Avoid putting small bones, fruit pits and other hard objects in your disposal as these items will dull the blades.
  • Always run the disposal before putting food into it. Putting large amounts of food into an inactive disposal can cause jamming.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.