Tenant Tips: Garburator Use

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As a Property Management company in Vancouver, we have had over 1500 highly qualified Tenants occupy our properties. During the course of our career, we have run into our fair share of maintenance issues, most of which are preventable. This week we would like to share a few tips about a common source of maintenance requests– garburator troubles! 

If your garburator is not property operated and maintained, it can break or even worse, block your drains and cause plumbing and drainage problems. We have seen this time and time again. To avoid any troubles, here are some tips: 


Do not dispose these items in the garburator:

  • Egg shellsCapture
  • Celery or stringy vegetables
  • Banana peels
  • Rice
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cooking oil or grease 
  • Any non-food material 
  • Glass, plastic, paper


Instead, we recommend composting these materials and storing the compost in your freezer until garbage or organics collection day. This keeps your kitchen odor free and your garburator and plumbing system in good condition. 

If you prefer to continue using your garburator, it is important to maintain its condition. 


  • Sharpen the blades by adding ice cubes through the garburator on a monthly-basis
  • Never put your hand in the garburator
  • If you accidentally put grease in the drain, use cold water to help solidify the grease
    • Run baking soda and vinegar through your garburator on a monthly-basis
    •  Run a citrus peel through the garburator to help break down build-up and improve aroma





Disclaimer: All information provided by our Blog has been obtained and modified from BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc. and is advisory in nature. Any such information may not identify or contemplate all unsafe conditions; others may exist. We do not imply, guarantee or warrant the safety of any client’s properties or operations or that the client or any such properties or operations are in compliance with all federal, provincial, or local laws, codes, statutes, ordinances, standards or recommendations. 

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