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The 3 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

It’s pretty tempting, at times, to think of garbage disposals as these invincible machines of food waste destruction. However, garbage disposals are actually quite easy to break if you aren’t careful. If you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible, there are a few things you should avoid exposing it to. Let’s take a look at the top 3 things that you should never put down your garbage disposal, if you want it to live a full life.


All three of the materials that we’re going to be talking about: Fats, Oils, and Grease, are commonly referred to as FOG in the plumbing community. All of these are common cooking materials, and are poured down the drain after being used. The problem is that while these materials are in liquid form when used in cooking, they congeal as they cool off. The semi-viscous fluid clogs up not only the garbage disposal but the sewer line, as well. This can cause an immense amount of problems, and lasting damage to the garbage disposal.

Alternative Methods

Of course, no one is suggesting that you completely do away with using these materials in cooking. You simply should find another way to dispose of them besides pouring them down the drain. One popular method involves pouring any FOG you have left over after cooking into a disposable container, and then freezing it. Once the FOG is frozen solid simply throw it away. This is a much better method for disposing of FOG while keeping your garbage disposal in good condition.

The Sunny Plumber offers a full range of garbage disposal services throughout Phoenix, AZ. If you need a garbage disposal installed, repaired, maintained, or replaced, call today to schedule an appointment. 

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