Never Put These Items Down Your Garbage Disposal

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  You will soon be cooking up a storm for your family and friends.  Of course, when that fantastic meal has been gobbled up you have to then clean up.  It is tempting to just scrape off the plates into the sink for the disposal to take care of.  It’s a garbage disposal that’s what it does gets rid of all of those scraps, right?  Did you know there are certain foods that are very hard on your disposal and drains that could damage your disposal and clog your drains?  That is why we are recommending you put your garbage disposal and drains on a diet, that’s right a diet. Watch the portions you are putting down the disposal, no carbs and no gluten.  Here is a list 8 items we suggest you NEVER put down your drain or disposal:

      Rice- absorbs water and over time swells in the drain and takes forever to dissolve which could result in a clogged drain. 

Coffee Grounds- can easily accumulate in the drain and they actually attract grease which builds up and could result creating a clogged drain.

Eggshells- have a thin membrane that  can get tangled in the blades.  The shell itself will break up and the small pieces of eggshell can get stuck on the sides of the walls of the drain and can accumulate which could cause a clogged stinky drain.

Grease and Oil- should never be thrown down your disposal, drains or toilet.  When the grease solidifies it turns into this gummy gross substance which can easily build up on the sides of the drains.  It can even collect other debris going down your drain/disposal/toilet which could cause a clogged drain.

Nuts/Seed/Pits- can damage the disposal blades possibly even to the point they break.

Pasta- like rice, expands with water.  The starch from the pasta creates a thick paste like substance which will stick to the pipes which could build up and lead to a clogged drain.

Potatoes/Potato Peels- much like pasta, creates a starchy paste that hardens and could clog your drain.

Bones-are extremely dense and is very hard on your garbage disposal blade.  The bones can easily dent, bend and break the disposal blades.

Keep your disposal and drains clear, odor free and happy all year around, scrape those plates and throw those scraps into the garbage can or into compost.  If you have more questions on what you can or cannot put down the disposal or your drains give us a call 740-548-5453, we would be happy to go over it with you.  We are available 24/7 -365 days a year, call us if you need us.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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