• Ken Palmer Plumbing

Garbage Disposal: No No's

Updated: May 28, 2020

Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink is very convenient for the home chef. However, too many of its users are abusers therefore turning the device into a major inconvenience. Here is a list of food items that you should make the extra effort to toss into the garbage can and not into the garbage disposal.

Rice & Pasta are sticky food items that will never break down completely in the garbage disposal. The more that you put down the drain, the more will accumulate, therefore clogging the drain.

Animal bones cannot be broken down small enough to flow freely through the drain pipe. Bones will get stuck and interfere with proper drainage.

Grease is a big no no when it comes to flushing it down the garbage disposal. Grease accumulates and will eventually create a clog that will cost you a pretty penny to clear.

Egg shells are believed by some to be beneficial for the garbage disposal because they sharpen the blades. This is a myth and in the end the shells will cause a clog.

Avoid stringy vegetables like asparagus, lettuce, celery and potato peels. These can wrap around the blades and cause the garbage disposal to malfunction.

In conclusion, the principle "less is more" applies to the use of your garbage disposal. When in doubt throw it out, and not down the drain.

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