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The Dos and Don’ts of Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals–where would we be without them? They’re perhaps one of the most underrated technological advancements of the past century, and we’re constantly surprised by how many customers are reminded that they even exist. They’re powerful systems that help make your home more efficient and easier to use, all with just a minimal amount of electricity that you’d barely notice the impact on your energy bill.

That being said, since garbage disposals are making a bit of a comeback in younger, more efficiently-minded homeowners, we’d like to touch base on some of the “dos” and “don’ts” of garbage disposals in Leroy, IL. Specifically, we need to talk about the relevant safety measures to keep in mind while also talking about the materials that are meant to be flushed down the disposal.

Don’t worry, we promise that after this blog post, you’ll know everything you need to for your very own garbage disposal installation!

Why Invest in a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals provide a unique advantage to homeowners who use their kitchen often. They can take soft, malleable substances that are normally supposed to be put in the trash, and grind them up to a paste so they can be quickly disposed of down the drain. This means they end up in a water treatment plant, which usually has some really cool technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ways of dealing with organic waste.

Garbage disposals help you save costs on trash bags, trash removal, and even provide a huge level of convenience when you need it. They can deal with fruits, vegetables, bits of meat, dairy products, and other bits of food that you otherwise would have to fish out of the drain and throw in the trash to prevent a clog. And, you’ll be happy to know, that the actually electrical energy required for a garbage disposal to do its job is minimal.

What You Should Do With Your Garbage Disposal

So, let’s get into some dos and don’ts of a garbage disposal. Here are some things you can do with your garbage disposal.

You should send food waste like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products into the garbage disposal to be ground up and deposited through the plumbing. Just try to avoid particularly oily or fatty substances.

You should get your garbage disposal maintained on a regular basis to ensure it works properly.

What You Should NOT Do With Your Garbage Disposal

Here are some things you shouldn’t do with your garbage disposal.

You shouldn’t stick your hand down the drain at any point if you’ve got a garbage disposal. This can quickly become a safety hazard.

You shouldn’t flush down coffee grounds, bones, pits, and other hard substances to be ground up by the disposal. These can clog your drain and break the disposal.

You shouldn’t flush any fats or oils down the drain, since they can be liquid when being flushed but quickly cool down to become solids in your plumbing system.

If you’re interested in a garbage disposal installation, contact Pipeworks Inc. to invest in one today!

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