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What You Can and CANNOT Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal tips
  • August 17, 2018

Although the garbage disposal acts like the workhorse of your kitchen, it cannot effectively process every substance without fail. Putting the wrong items down your garbage disposal can damage the mechanism and even clog your pipes. Here’s what you need to know to keep your garbage disposal and plumbing system in great condition through the years – And how local plumbing services can help.

Things You Can Send Down Your Disposal

With the exception of the items on the avoid list, you can send small bits of nearly any biodegradable material down the disposal. Slowly add the small chunks to allow the disposal to chop up the waste and wash it down the drain pipe. Continue running water down the drain well after shutting off the disposal to fully evacuate the waste to the septic or sewer system.

If you would like to freshen up your garbage disposal, put microwaved citrus peels and ice cubes inside and run for one full minute with the water on. Within that time, the old food residue will clear away as the ice and peels break down.

Items That Could Potentially Damage Your Garbage Disposal

In general, any food or substance that is exceptionally fibrous, dense or oily should never go down the garbage disposal. Dense and fibrous foods can damage the blades and even stop the mechanism for spinning. Bones, egg shells, celery, corn husks, pasta, rice and coffee ground are all to be avoided if you want to keep your disposal in great condition. Pour out standing oil and wipe out the bottom of pans or other vessels before washing to keep the oil sludge from building up in your pipes — and causing serious clogs your plumbers in Chatsworth have to resolve.

How Local Plumbing Services Can Help Protect Your Garbage Disposal

If a potentially damaging item or substance ends up in your garbage disposal, you can acquire help from your trusted plumbers in Chatsworth. Our team at Green’s Plumbing will identify the cause of your garbage disposal and plumbing issues with a thorough inspection. Upon finding the problem, we will complete quick and effective repair techniques to restore the function and condition of your plumbing system. Give us a call at (818) 880-8847 to get started with a FREE estimate.

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