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What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

We often forget what a wonderful invention the garbage disposal is, able to safely and effectively deal with food waste that we’d otherwise have to get rid of ourselves. In Gilbert AZ, garbage disposal systems have become an integral part of most people’s homes, and with proper maintenance, they should last you a good long time. But you need to know what kind of things will go down the disposal and what kinds of things won’t. Put the wrong foodstuff down there, and you could find yourself saddled with a very expensive repair bill.

Here’s a quick list of what not to put down your garbage disposal.

  • Bones and seeds. Chicken, pork and beef bones are too tough to be chewed up by the disposal, as are peach pits and similar fruit seeds. They’ll get caught in the mechanism, damaging the blades and possibly overloading the motor in the process.
  • Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can get caught in your garbage disposal’s trap, clogging it and requiring professional efforts to remove.
  • Grease and oil. These are perhaps the most troublesome things to put down your garbage disposal because they’re so often in liquid form when you do. But they can turn solid very quickly – clogging your pipes and drains in the process – and can prove very stubborn to remove.
  • Potato peels and similar fibrous vegetables. This includes carrots, asparagus, artichokes, corn husks and celery. They can clog the drains as well as jamming the mechanism that grinds them down.
  • Pasta and rice. This may seem like an odd selection, since paste and rice can be easily broken up. However, they both also expand in water, meaning that they can clog your drain.

The good news is that you can compost most items that shouldn’t go in your garbage disposal, since they’re organic and will decay naturally. Knowing what not to put down your garbage disposal can’t protect you from the occasional accident, however. When trouble arises, call upon the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We offer plumbing services to the Gilbert area and can resolve any garbage disposal problems before they cause more permanent damage. Contact us to set up an appointment today.

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