What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Having a garbage disposal can make preparing and cleaning up after meals much easier. It helps to reduce waste and can eliminate odor caused by food when left in the trash for too long. However, it’s important to be cautious about what you’re putting down your garbage disposal to avoid being “stuck” with a clogged drain.  Below is a list of garbage disposal don’ts.

Grease & Fats: Never pour grease, oil or fat down the drain or into the garbage disposal, they clog up pipes like “clogged arteries”. Grease can slowly accumulate and impede your disposal’s ability to do a proper job. Similarly, when grinding waste avoid using hot water as it can cause grease to liquefy and accumulate which will clog the drain.

Fibrous Foods: Don’t grind exceptionally fibrous materials like celery, onion skins, artichokes or corn husks. The fibers from these items can easily tangle, jam and clog the garbage disposal motor and block the drain.

Potato Peels: Potato peels can clog the drain if too many are accumulated at once. The starch in the potatoes can break down and form a paste that sticks to the blades.

Chemicals: Do not put harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners down your drain or garbage disposal, these products can damage blades and pipes.

Bones: The garbage disposal is just not strong enough to break these down small enough to fit through. Animal bones are the most common thing that jams garbage disposals.

Coffee Grounds: It seems that coffee grounds would be fine, but overtime they will build up and get packed together in the drain line causing a clog. If you don’t want to use the trash, consider throwing coffee grounds in your garden, they make great fertilizer!

Pits & Seeds: This one should go without mentioning. Hard materials like peach pits, avocado pits, cherries, popcorn kernels etc. will basically just rattle around like a pinball of destruction, causing the shredder to dull and become less efficient over time.

Non Food Items: Do not put anything down your drain or garbage disposal that is not going to break down in your septic system or sewer. Plastic wrappers, paper, rubber bands, balloons, clips, Styrofoam, etc. all fall into this category.

A clogged garbage disposal can be a major inconvenience that can leave you feeling helpless in the kitchen. Take preventative measures to prevent the occurrence of clogs by using drain catcher and treating your drains with a mixture of hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. If it’s already too late, make sure to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to get the most competitive prices for sewer repair, drain cleaning and replacement.

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