Pro Tips for Your Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is an unsung hero of the kitchen. It’s not fancy, and nobody admires
it, but it does an important job and reduces the amount of waste you send
to a landfill. For busy people trying to put together a meal in a hurry
and who want cleanup to take as little time as possible, a garbage disposal
is a lifesaver.

Garbage Disposal Repair

Although a garbage disposal can last many years, it does take a beating
and require repairs from time to time. You can think of it like this:
Granny’s car only goes to bridge club and the grocery store, and
never goes out in bad weather. No wonder it never breaks down! Phil’s
work truck hauls firewood, pulls out rocks, and sees the worst roads Virginia
has to offer. No wonder it needs the odd repair. Your garbage disposal
is a workhorse, and does a tough job. By comparison, your toaster oven
has it easy.

5 Items That Should Never Go In Your Garbage Disposal

Still, you have to treat your workhouse right. There are some things that
are pretty much guaranteed to cause problems in a garbage disposal unit.

  • Grease. Grease is a killer, not just of garbage disposal units, but of entire
    plumbing systems. It coats the insides of the pipes and slowly chokes the flow.
  • Hot water. Even if you’re not pouring unadulterated grease down the
    drain, chances are that your food is a little oily. But if the oil sticks
    to the food particles, it won’t be a problem. If you use hot water,
    though, you’ll liquefy the oil, which will spin away from the food
    and cling to the sides of the pipes. So, always use cold water in your
    garbage disposal.
  • Large bones. Sure, the grind is good, but it’s not that good! Large
    animal bones will block the grinder, can burn out the motor, and are extremely
    difficult to remove. I’m sorry, those pork ribs will have to go
    in the garbage.
  • Foods that expand. You know how things like pasta, rice, and barley double
    in size when you cook them? Now imagine them in a moist place with very
    little room to expand. Sounds like a recipe for a clog, doesn’t
    it? That’s why these items shouldn’t go in your garbage disposal.
  • Potato peels. You wouldn’t think potato peels would be a problem,
    but they are. When potatoes get ground up, they form a sticky paste, and
    cause the same problems pasta does.

If you avoid putting these items in your garbage disposal, you’ll
avoid many of the issues that cause people to call the plumber. But if
you do run into problems, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
My Plumber is here to help.

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