When prepping for the holidays, don’t forget to make sure your garbage disposals are not being set up for a drain disaster. Save yourself money and worry with these helpful tips from your local plumber, Joe Castro on what not to put in a garbage disposal. Avoid putting harmful items into the garbage disposal that could potentially cause problems. Items that should not be put down the garbage disposal include:
- Egg Shells- Egg Shell membranes can cause a ton of problems for your garbage disposal by getting wrapped around the grinder.
- Coffee Grounds– Coffee Grounds smell great but form a paste-like substance when taken out of the coffee filter. This paste-like coffee ground substance can lead to a nasty pile of sediment in your drain, potentially causing a drain disaster.
- Grease, Oil, and Fat– Although these items may be liquidy when pouring down the drain, they will eventually harden causing a potential major block in your drain.
- Potato Peels– Similar to coffee grounds, potato peels can create a paste-like substance potentially causing major blockages down the road. This applies for other starchy vegetables as well.
- Stringy Fruits and Vegetables– Fruits and Vegetables such as onion, celery, and banana peels have stringy strands that can get wrapped around your disposals grinder, causing issues.
- Animal Bones– Want to increase the longevity of your garbage disposal mechanisms? Don’t put hard objects such as Animal Bones down the drain. These will drastically decrease the lifespan of your garbage disposal.
- Nuts and Shells– FYI, your garbage disposal is not a nut grinder. Mashing these items in your garbage disposal can be extremely damaging.
- Pasta, Rice, and Bread– All three of these items will expand once they hit the water, causing an easily clogged drain.
- Non-Food Materials- These non-food materials include plastic wrappers, paper towels, and anything else that is not biodegradable.
When preparing your home for the Holidays don’t forget to call Joe Plumber, located in The Woodlands, for all of your plumbing needs.
Contact Joe today by filling out the form below or by phone at (832) 515-4250 or (281) 323-4730!