A Test at Home

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Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

Sink food disposals are great aren't they? Put extra food down it and, poof, gone forever, right. Well, out of sight, maybe isn't always out of mind. For those with septic tanks, a disposal may mean more solids and more frequent pumping. Wastewater treatment plant operators aren't fond of having to disintegrate all those food products either. And how about the smell when something doesn't get ground up enough? Yuck.

After searching a bit on the web recently, I saw a few tips for cleaning disposals that seemed to pop up again and again. The top one was citrus juice and baking soda. Take either the rind or a quarter of a lemon, lime or orange. Start the cold water, start the disposal. Drop in the lime. Follow with baking soda. It all gets chewed up and makes the disposal smell much better.

Dropping ice cubes down the disposal is supposed to help sharpen the blades. I wasn't sure about this one, but it seemed to work when I tried it at home.

The only food items most sites recommended against dropping down the disposal were items lots of fiberous content.

Because a disposal is a built-in appliance, it is one of the items an inspector will operate while inspecting the kitchen. It can also be a common site of leaks. Once or twice a year, it never hurts to pull all those cleaning supplies out. (At least that's where my mom kept them) and make sure no water is damaging the cabinets or floor. Leaks are always better to fix sooner rather than later.

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