Garbage Disposals: Don’t Put These Things in There!

Garbage Disposals: Don’t Put These Things in There!

Garbage disposal graphicIn many homes today, garbage disposals are a convenience and take some of the extra demanding work out of housekeeping; but if not used properly, a broken garbage disposal can be a costly repair and a huge headache in the kitchen.

The best rule of thumb to remember when it comes to your garbage disposal is to never put anything in the disposal that is not a biodegradable food. If you’re in doubt, it’s best to throw it out.

Here are some other common mistakes that are made when using a garbage disposal, and it’s important to remember to avoid them in order to keep your garbage disposal in proper working order:

  • Never grind metal, plastic, glass, cigarette butts or even a piece of paper. It’s not food and therefore should not go in the disposal.
  • Never grind anything flammable or combustible.
  • Never pour oil, fat, or grease into the garbage disposal, especially if followed by hot water. The hot water causes the grease to liquefy, then cool and accumulate or build up in the disposal causing a clogged drain or pipe.
  • Never grind materials (even food materials) that are extremely fibrous. Examples include celery stalks, artichokes, corn husks or onion skins. Fibers from these materials can tangle into the mechanics of the disposal causing the motor to jam and the drain to be blocked.
  • Never grind animal bones
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners that can damage the disposal’s blades or pipes.
  • Never grind expandable food like pasta or rice. As they do in the pot with water, foods like rice and pasta expand in your kitchen’s pipes or garbage disposal and can cause the disposal to jam or become clogged.

Use these and other tips through your own research or contact the professionals at Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating, the South Shore’s #1 plumber, for more helpful plumbing tips. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out. You may consider printing this list and posting it near your home’s disposal for your entire family to use as a list of “garbage disposal rules”.

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