Something to think about.
Earlier this year, our school system started to experience an inordinate amount of disposal failures. We have four schools and six Salvajor disposals and I had to replace one and rebuild two of them. So I contacted Salvajor to try and figure out what the underlying issue was and it turns out we were not using the disposals appropriately. These things are designed to run almost all day everyday for years on end. During the long shut downs, i.e. summer, spring break and Christmas break, the disposals dry out and rust as the grinder and bell housing are cast iron. The rust can cause the grinder to seize, the grease and oil can settle and the seals can dry out and crack.
On the advise of Salvajor, we have started a disposal maintenance program for when we are shut down. They recommend that when the disposals want be used for a period greater than 7 days to spray down the grinder and bell housing with a non corrosive lubricant (WD40) and if the units won’t be used for 10 days or more it is recommended that some one gose around and runs the units for at least 5 minutes.
I know in the past, disposal maintenance is not something g I had given much tought to and in this period of kitchens being idel it may be something to think about.
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