NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Is it really necessary to run the water while using the garbage disposal?

13News Now verified that you do need to have the water on while you are using your disposal.

Ray McPhearson with A-1 American said if you don't, all of the food is going to stick to the inside of the garbage disposal and drain pipes and get clogged.

"The more water you run, the better off you are," said McPhearson.

He also said if food gets stuck in your drain, it will start to smell.

If food does get stuck, put water and ice cubes down your disposal. The ice cubes will break up the food.