What You Should Avoid Putting In Your Garbage Disposal

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Your garbage disposal is a hard-working appliance, and it needs the proper care to keep working as expected. Your plumber can tell you that there are a few things you should always avoid putting down your disposal. This will not only extend its life, but prevent emergency calls and expensive repairs.

  • Fats, Oils, and Grease: Grease is one of the worst things you can put down your drain. It does not have an immediate effect, but it can quickly cause a clog that has you reaching for the phone and the assistance of your plumber. Grease may slip by your disposal just fine, but it can eventually spell doom for your drains. Avoid pouring grease down your drains or disposals when possible.
  • Large Amounts of Food: Never overload your garbage disposal, because that is simply asking for trouble. Begin by running cold water and feeding small amounts of food into the working disposal. This allows it to safely chop the food particles so they can run down your drain. Large amounts of food can clog your disposal and have you calling your plumber.
  • Fibrous Food and Raw Veggies: Tough foods, especially fibrous raw vegetables, are natural enemies of your disposal. The fibers can wind around the blades, causing a jam or slowing function and risking burnout of your motor. Large chunks of these types of veggies can do the same.
  • Raw Meat: Cooked meat is generally handled better by most garbage disposals. Raw meat and gristle can clog the blades. They can also present some fairly foul odors if particles remain stuck in the disposal. It’s best to dispose of raw meats in the trash.
  • Foreign Objects: It should go without saying, but accidents do happen. A stray piece of flatware can spell big trouble for your garbage disposal. The blades can become damaged or jam up. With quick deactivation, your disposal may come out of the incident okay, but a jammed or burnt-out motor is always a risk.

Ace Plumbing can help you understand other ways you can maintain your garbage disposal. Visit us online or contact us at (916) 455-4548 if you do require service or repairs.


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