While garbage disposals are a handy tool in many Atlanta kitchens take this advice from an Estes’ plumber. Many assume a garbage disposal tackles anything you place down it, but certain items cause issues with your plumbing system.
Listen to Your Plumber – Keep the Following Out of Your Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are a great help in eliminating cooking and food waste, but the following items should never be sent down the drain to your garbage disposal!
Bones are strong, and your garbage disposal blades will not entirely chop them. If they do make it past your garbage disposal, they won’t flow through your drains. Bones sit in your plumbing lines and catch other debris and blocks pipes.
Celery is composed of fibrous strands. When sent down the garbage disposal, these strands remain intact and wind around the blades. This prevents your garbage disposal from working properly and causes the motor to seize and burn out. Also keep other fibrous veggies and their byproducts out of the drain, such as corn husks or asparagus.
You may have heard putting egg shells down your garbage disposal will sharpen its blades. This shouldn’t be done because the membranes attached to the egg shell tend to stick to the garbage disposal’s components and even wrap around blades. Egg shell membranes cause damage to the garbage disposal’s components, causing breakdowns.
While coffee grounds seem reasonable to put down the disposal, they have a tendency to build up and not wash away completely. Coffee grounds accumulate in your drain lines where they eventually cause a clog.
When warm, grease and oil will wash down easily, but as soon as it comes in contact with cold water or temperatures within your drain lines, it will solidify. Grease and oil cause clogs and blocked plumbing lines. This often requires extensive drain cleaning to clear.
Fruit pits from avocados, peaches and other fruits are extremely hard. A garbage disposal won’t be able to cut through them and damage itself in the process. Throw them directly into the trash can.
Pasta expands when it comes into contact with water. Cooked or raw, keep it out of your garbage disposal. Raw pasta expands to clog drain lines and sticky cooked pasta easily becomes trapped in the drain or in the disposal itself. Rice should also be treated the same as pasta – put it in the trash, not down the drain.
Potato peels and other starchy vegetables as well as beans do not rinse through your garbage disposal well. They tend to accumulate and result in a sludge within the disposal. Peel your potatoes over the trash can rather than the sink to keep peels out of your disposal.