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What to Avoid Putting in Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is a fan favorite when it comes to plumbing appliances. Sure, it may be a bit more of a luxury than a necessity, especially when compared with heavy hitters like the water heater. That being said, a garbage disposal can really do a lot to improve your quality of life. This is especially true if you are hosting big dinners around the holiday season.

It is important to remember that all mechanical systems have their limits, and that your garbage disposal is no exception to this rule. There are some items that you should not put down your garbage disposal, and a few of them may take you by surprise. Read on, and remember to let our plumbers install and service your garbage disposal in Bloomington, IL.

The most obvious items to keep out of your garbage disposal are the very hard ones. Animal bones, fruit pits, etc. These materials belong in the trash bin, where they can do no harm to mechanical components. If you try to grind up these items, you risk jamming your garbage disposal. Make the same mistake a few times, and you could wind up doing some real damage, overheating the motor or worse.

Less obvious are fats, oils, and grease. When you fry up some bacon in the morning and have all that grease in the pan, you may think you’ll just put the pan in the sink to soak. If all of that grease goes down the drain, even your garbage disposal is not going to help prevent it from causing clogs. These liquids coagulate when they cool, and can trap food particles ground up by your garbage disposal. That leads to serious clogs.

Still more surprising are foods such as pasta and rice. These may seem soft enough for your garbage disposal to grind up, and they actually are. However, they also expand when they soak up water, and that can lead to clogs as well. Toss these in the trash, too.

Contact Pipeworks Inc. to schedule your garbage disposal services.


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