Summertime is usually challenging and presents extra stress on your garbage disposal due to outdoor cookouts and swimming pool get-togethers. The garbage disposal, contrary to what many think, needs to be treated with care and is unable to handle all food items. To preserve the life and effectiveness, you should always be very conscientious of what you put down your garbage disposal. Avoid placing large or fibrous items (many fruits and vegetables), cramming too much food, and do not pour dirty grease from cooking oil after grilling down the drain. Always run cold water for a few seconds before and after you turn on and off the disposal. These tips and preventative measures will help preserve the life expectancy of your garbage disposal and may save you money in replacement in the long run.