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Garbage Disposal Dos and Don’ts

Garbage Disposal Dos and Don’ts

Maintaining a garbage disposal can be easy if you’re aware of what it can and can’t be used for. It should be used to dispose of food waste by tearing it up into small pieces and sending it through your pipes. Unfortunately, if the wrong item goes in, replacement can be expensive. Your best bet is to be careful which items make their way into the disposal. If you have a clogged drain challenge, call your trusted plumbing team at Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical for fast service.

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Tip: Always use cold water when running your disposal.

You can safely put these items in your garbage disposal:

  • Citrus rinds: Not only is fruit healthy for you, but it’s also great for your disposal. It naturally cleans and leaves your sink smelling great.
  • Egg shells: The hard shells also help clean and sharpen garbage disposal blades.
  • Cooked meat scraps: With the exception of large chunks of meat, it’s completely fine to put your waste in the disposal.

Tip: Don’t put food into your disposal if it isn't biodegradable.

Never place these items in your garbage disposal:

  • Grease and oil: They will likely clog up your pipes. Instead, let the grease or oil cool down and then place in a container that can easily go in your trash.
  • Bones: This may seem obvious but garbage disposals can’t handle bones. Chances are your blades will wear down and eventually break over time.
  • Celery, asparagus, artichokes and corn husks: The strings can tangle around your disposal's blades and cause them to stop working.
  • Coffee grounds: While you may not think twice about putting coffee grounds down your disposal, over time they will pile up and create a clogged drain.
  • Potatoes: Yes, it’s OK to put potatoes in the disposal but ONLY if you put in a little bit at a time. The starch in this vegetable can gum up your disposal.
  • Fruit pits: Unfortunately, pits can dent and damage the blades in their path.
  • Marshmallows: This sticky food doesn’t just cling to your hands, but also to your plumbing. It’s best to throw them in the trash (or in your mouth).
  • Utensils: We get it, utensils can sometimes slip down the sink and into the garbage disposal. Be sure to clear out your sink before turning it on or a plumber may be your next call.

While it may seem daunting to remember what to avoid putting in your disposal, using common sense will usually keep you out of a messy situation. Remember that running your disposal regularly and keeping it clean will extend the life of the unit. If you find your garbage disposal is still presenting problems, call your trusted Casteel plumber for a closer look. Their expert training and tools will make quick work of any disposal disaster! Give us a call today.

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