Things You Should Never Put Down the Garbgae Disposal

The garbage disposal makes the modern kitchen more efficient and clean place. With the disposal taking care of breaking down food waste before it enters the wastewater system, you will have far healthier plumbing with fewer clogs and drains choked-off with food particles. You also don’t have to worry about removing excess food to a separate composting container to remove to the trash.

Because the garbage disposal takes on such a tremendous amount of work, it can sometimes suffer mechanical failures and break down. And even though a garbage disposal is designed to help stop clogs in the plumbing, it can also become a victim of clogs itself—especially if you aren’t careful about what you put down the disposal. These kitchen helpers aren’t invincible, so don’t treat them as if they were!

Here is some advice from our Huntsville, TX garbage disposal experts about things you should never place down the disposal. When you do encounter repair trouble with your garbage disposal, call Ardon Maintenance right away: we have 24-hour emergency service to take care of your disposal woes.

Don’t put these down the kitchen garbage disposal!

  • Your hand: We have to emphasize this, because too many people still make this error when a disposal acts up. Reaching down into the disposal to try to get it unstuck can lead to serious injury—even if you have the device unplugged. When in doubt, call for the professionals to handle the trouble.
  • Liquid fat, oil, and grease: A.k.a. “FOG.” These cooking products are in liquid form when they’re hot, which makes them seem innocuous enough for pouring down the disposal along with other food. But all of these materials change into thick solids when they dry, and nothing will jam up the workings of a disposal faster than clogs of grease, fat, or oil. You will still need to pour these out into a separate contained and take them to the trash.
  • Hard food particles: Not all organic waste can go down the disposal. A good rule to follow is “if your teeth can chew it, then your disposal can’t handle it.” This includes bones, un-popped popcorn kernels, thick gristle, and coffee grounds.
  • Actual garbage: The name is misleading—garbage disposals cannot handle inorganic garbage like plastics and paper. Make sure all this waste goes where it should: the trashcan.

Keep your garbage disposal and plumbing healthy

We also handle plumbing maintenance that will keep your pipes and drains as clean as they can be, reducing the chances of clogs and high water pressure in the future.

Rely on professional plumbers to solve trouble with your garbage disposal in Huntsville, TX. Call on Ardon Maintenance for the help you need.

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