Many people use their garbage disposals to help with clean up, but few
fully understand just what you
can put down the garbage disposal and what you should
never put down the garbage disposal unit. The following list of items is a list
of things you should never drop down the garbage disposal.
1. Grease, Oil or Fat
Grease, oil, and fat should never go down the garbage disposal as they
can slowly build up over time cause drainage issues. Once you finish preparing
your meal, dump the excess grease in an extra can or jar. Once the jar
or can is filled with grease, oil or fat, simply throw it out with your garbage.
2. Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds can be tricky, as they
seem like they’re going down easily, but can pile up and create a mud-like
sludge in your drains causing them to clog.
3. Fibrous Produce
Products like celery, corn husks, and other fibrous food should not be
deposited down the garbage disposal as their fibers could become tangled
in the blades of the disposal unit causing it to jam.
The membrane along the inner wall of the eggshell can get snarled in the
blades of the garbage disposal unit and cause a jam. Dispose of your eggshells
in the trash or a compost pile.
With the exception of fish bones, no bone should be placed down the garbage
disposal. Poultry and beef bones will likely not break down in your garbage
disposal unit and eventually just get caught in your drain.
Is Your Garbage Disposal on the Fritz?
If your garbage disposal is on the fritz, you may want to try some of the
methods mentioned in our
previous blogs to clean it. If those don’t help, consider contacting an expert
Bartlett plumber from Smith’s Plumbing Services.
Schedule your service call today: (901) 290-1110!