Foods You Should Never Throw Down Your Garbage Disposal Drain

A garbage disposal is one of the most common items in your home, and you likely use it every day. Clogs or back-ups with your garbage disposal rank among the most common problems we need to solve, and while Riverside, TX has plumbers that can solve the issue, we’d prefer to help you avoid trouble in the first place. That means watching what you toss down the drain very carefully. Garbage disposals aren’t meant to grind up certain foods, and the wrong ones can result in clogs or even damage to the disposal itself. Take a look at the following list and find some other way of disposing of these foods.

  • Bones. Most people know better than to put chicken bones, beef bones or other bones down the garbage disposal. The system can’t grind them up and they can cause serious damage to your system.
  • Seeds. Seeds fall into the same category as bones: too hard for the garbage disposal to break up. Throw them in the garbage instead.
  • Fibrous vegetables. This can include potato peelings, carrot peelings, celery and similarly fibrous veggies. They can gum up the works in the disposal and create clogs in the drain itself.
  • Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can get into the gears of the garbage disposal, resulting in a breakdown.
  • Fats, oils and grease. These are especially trick because they’re liquid when hot, making it only natural for you to want to pour them down the drain. But when they cool, they will harden, creating a bad clog that often requires professional attention to clear. Pour fats, oils and grease into a coffee can or similar container, then dispose of them when they’re hard.
  • Pasta and rice. Believe it or not, past and rice can swell when they get wet, creating a sticky mess that can easily clog up your pipes.

Call on Ardon Maintenance, to correct problems with your garbage disposal.

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