The garbage disposal is one of your home’s unsung heroes. When you’re
done with your meals at the end of the day, you can usually use the garbage
disposal to mash up whatever is left to avoid leaving a mess in the sink.
Unfortunately, there are some things that don’t work quite as well
with a garbage disposal because they don’t break up that easy. There
are plenty of food items that will quickly chop and wash down the pipes,
but there are others that make this a more difficult task and should instead
be thrown away in the trash. Here are six items you should never put down
the garbage disposal.
We wanted to put coffee grounds first because they are often thought of
as easy to go down the drain. While they may look that way, coffee grounds
can easily pile up together, making more of an obtrusion than they appear.
When wet and piled together, coffee grounds can become sludge-like and
block the drain pipes.
If you have ever gone to cut up a fruit like a peach, you know how difficult
it is to chop through the pit. The same can be said for an avocado seed.
Now imagine trying to put that down your garbage disposal. Odds are you
will just see the pit or seed spinning around in the garbage disposal,
and there is a good chance you can damage the blades.
After you eat your chicken, steak, or any other meat connected to a bone,
the best option is to put the bones in the trash. If you put them down
the garbage disposal, they’ll most likely just spin around and wear
down the blades. Even if they do make it past the blades, they could cause
serious damage to the pipes.
The effects of grease on a garbage disposal may have you calling a plumber
for help. This is because grease can result in the blades developing a
film and make them not as effective as you would like. It can result in
a bad smell and eventually cause a clog in your drains once it begins
Pasta and Rice
Similar to when you are cooking them, pasta and rice both absorb water,
causing them to swell and get thicker. The more you pour down your garbage
disposal, the more likely you are to suffer some kind of clog in the drain
and in the blades. Long pastas can also get caught up around the blades
and make them more difficult to cut.
Celery, Corn Husks, and Potato Peels
These foods — and other similar fibrous foods — can cause the
blades to work less effective, as well as impact the way the motor works.
This is because the strings can wrap around the blades, making it more
difficult to operate. If you absolutely have to put these foods down the
garbage disposal, make sure you are not putting in big pieces and you
are running cold water before, during, and after disposing of the food.
If you have used your garbage disposal on a food that shouldn’t be
put down the drain, there can be numerous problems to follow such as a
clogged drain, dull blades, and more. If this happens, you need a professional
on your side who can get to the root of the problem and provide a fix.
At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, our
Indiana and Ohio plumbers can help you with the right fix when you need it most.
Call us today if you need to repair or replace your garbage disposal, or if you have
a clog in your drains and you need help.