Garbage Disposal No No's

Garbage disposals are designed to grind up a variety of different kinds of food waste so they can be conveniently discarded down the sewer line. However, there are some kinds of food and waste that will harm the garbage disposal if they are regularly dumped down the drain.
 

No Nos for Garbage Disposals 

Things you should never throw into the garbage disposal unit include the following "no nos":

  • Grease, oil, fat: These can congeal in your pipes and cause clogs, and they are breeding grounds for bad smelling bacteria
  • Non-food items: The Food Waste Disposer is really meant only for biodegradable food waste, everything else needs to stay in the trash, recycling, or compost
  • Pasta, beans, potatoes, rice: These are hydrophilic foods which grow in volume when they get wet, meaning they can very easily cause clogs in your plumbing
  • Egg Shells: These do not sharpen your disposal blades as is commonly thought, and they can actually cause it to jam with additional sediment
  • Fibrous food like Celery, lettuce, potato peels, etc.: The fibers can catch on the blades and mechanism of the unit and cause it to seize up

If you have put any of these down your disposal and noticed a change in how it sounds or functions, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber to have it fixed!

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