Things that you should Never Put inside a Garbage Disposal

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • Vegetables that contain a lot of fiber can form strands that can wrap around the disposal’s blades and prevent it from running properly
  • If you want to throw in fibrous food items, you should do so in very small amounts
  • Egg shells can form small sand-like particles that can help create clogs
  • Oils, fats, and greases can also coat the blades, this can prevent them from breaking down food wastes properly
  • Rice, beans, and pastas can also form pastes that will prevent the motor from running smoothly
  • Homeowners should never throw in non-food items to avoid damaging the garbage disposal

A clog in the garbage disposal can actually be very troublesome. As a matter of fact, it might take hours for you to repair it.

Garbage disposals are very handy when it comes to getting rid of food scraps and wastes. Without it, your kitchen can have a very unpleasant smell. Unfortunately, there are certain foods that can easily damage your garbage disposal especially if you try to force it down.

Here are some foods that you should avoid putting into your garbage disposal so that it will continue to run properly:

Foods that contains a lot of fiber

Items such as celery, corn husks, carrots, onion skins, lettuce, artichokes, and even potato peels all contain strands of fiber. These strands can form long strings that can wrap around the disposal’s blades or cutters. This can stop the motor from running properly.

This is why experts suggest that homeowners do their best to avoid putting these foods down the disposal. If you need to put it down the disposal, experts also suggest that you should do so in very small quantities. You should also run cold water before you put it down the disposal, while the disposal is running, and afterwards, to help protect the motor.

Egg Shells

There are people who say that throwing egg shells down the disposal will help sharpen the blades. Unfortunately, this is very false. This is because egg shells can actually wrap around the shredder ring or form small particles that can help create clogs.

Oils, Fats, and grease

Oils and fats can create a layer of grease on top of the blades, this can make the blade less effective when it comes to cutting food wastes. Oils and fats can also decay, creating a very unpleasant odor in your kitchen. Grease can also help form clogs especially when it solidifies in the drain.

Beans, potatoes, rice, and pasta

These foods contain starches that will swell when it comes into contact with water. They can also form a paste that can easily clog the trap.

Non-food items

Non-food items can also be accidentally thrown down into the disposal. Things such as rubber bands, cigarette butts, sponges, and other small items have been known to cause clogs simply because they do not break down easily.

Today, a lot of garbage disposals have been built with stronger and more robust parts. Unfortunately, even the latest models can easily suffer from damage especially when you are not careful with what you put down the drain. If your garbage disposal no longer works properly, we highly suggest that you hire a licensed plumber to do the repairs for you.

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