What NOT To Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

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If you currently have a garbage disposal in your kitchen you know that it is a household appliance worth having. A properly working garbage disposal can make the inescapable household duties less demanding. If not properly operated or maintained a garbage disposal can break down, block and clog drains, or create an unpleasant odor throughout your kitchen. A clogged drain can be a plumbing nightmare, major inconvenience, and end up costing you a pretty penny to fix. Below we have described the top 5 items that you should not put down your drain and why.

1. Grease, Oil, and Fats

Greasy foods create a film on the garbage disposal blades that make it less effective. As
the built-up grease begins to decay it causes a terrible odor to seep out of your garbage
disposal. This unpleasant odor can cause your entire kitchen to smell in time. Pouring
hot grease down the garbage disposal can clog the drain once the grease cools and
hardens.

2. Egg Shells

It’s been claimed that egg shells sharpen the blades in your garbage disposal but this is
not the truth. Eggs have a stringy membrane underneath the hard exterior which tend to
wrap around the shredder ring. The shell is then ground into a sand-like consistency that is commonly known to clog drains.

3. Fiber-Heavy Foods

Fibrous foods like celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, etc. tend to cause issues in
garbage disposals because of their string-like consistency. The strings in these foods get
wrapped around the blades preventing efficiency and ultimately causing motor failure.

4. Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, and Beans

Although these foods are fairly soft they should not be put down the garbage disposal.
Even small amounts of these foods tend to swell when mixed with water, this forms a
paste-like substance that eventually clogs drains.

5. Non-food Items

Avoid dropping or putting any items that aren’t food down the drain. Many food and most
non-food items do not break down enough to be washed down the drain.

By keeping these items out of your disposal you have a better chance at keeping your garbage disposal running problem free for many years. If you have tried to keep these items out of your disposal and are still having issues, give us a call! For free estimates or questions call Shamrock at (801) 505-9505.

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