Your garbage disposal is a convenience that can make cooking easier, clean-up faster, and can keep kitchen waste odors to a minimum. However, without proper usage and care, a garbage disposal can break and lead to clogged drains and difficult repairs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with proper disposal practices to keep your sink draining smoothly.
Don’t Dispose of Inorganic Waste
Your garbage disposal is designed to take care of food; you can dispose of fruits, vegetables, and even small fruit pits or fish bones, but non-food items are a danger to your disposal and sink. Plastics or other non-food material can break the teeth in the disposal or build up in the pipes and cause clogs.
Don’t Pour Out Your Grease
Grease and oils should never be poured down your sink. While grease may be liquid after cooking, it solidifies quickly and accumulates in your disposal and drain . Congealed grease can stick to other debris in the system, creating large, solid clogs that are very difficult to dissolve.
Don’t Grind Expandable Foods
Although foods like rice and pasta are soft, they absorb water and grow in size. Trying to dispose of these foods with running water leads to gummed up disposal grinders and pipes. Pouring extra pasta down your drain or disposal is one of the quickest ways to cause a clog.
Don’t Dispose of Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds won’t hurt your disposal; they’re already finely ground. But as soon as they make it through the disposal, coffee grounds will sit inside the pipes of your sink, accumulating until they form a clog.
Oops, you just made a garbage disposal mistake and your sink is clogged. Fortunately, help is just a phone call away! Arlington residents should call All Plumbing, Inc. right away at (571)482-7046. Don’t forget to ask about our water main repair and hydrojetting services to keep your home’s plumbing in tip-top shape.