It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind a pungent odor that pollutes even the cleanest of kitchens. To ensure your small yet mighty garbage grinder runs smoothly, keep these disposal tips in mind. And if you do encounter a problem, you may be able to fix it without calling in an outside plumber.
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Note: Condominium, apartment and loft residents who inhabit lower floors in a multi-story building may be more prone to garbage disposal mishaps, even with proper use. Residents on higher floors who inject too much food–or the wrong types of items–in their disposals can cause back-ups that will eventually release a flooded menace on unsuspecting lower-level residents. If this happens, call in your building maintenance staff or a plumber to eject the clog and restore your pipes to working order.