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5 Things To Keep Out Of Your Garbage Disposal

Are you known to be a neat freak? Garbage disposals help eliminate the mess and odor that traditional garbages or wastebaskets leave behind.

food waste in the sink

However, things can quickly go awry if you don’t take care of your garbage disposal properly.

Here’s are a few things to avoid throwing down your drain…

  1. Grease

Grease or any oil will easily clog your piping system, so don’t ever throw it down the drain. The fat hardens, builds up, and leaves you with a costly plumbing repair.

Dispose your greases, fats, and oils in a separate bag and throw it away in your garbage pale.

  1. Pasta and Rice

When pasta and rice mix with water in your drain, it will begin to swell, clogging your pipes.

  1. Eggshells

Rumor has it that eggshells help sharpen your garbage disposal blades…

This is false!

In reality, eggshells will end up building up and clogging your pipes, so just throw them in the trash instead.

  1. Fibrous Foods

Stringy, fibrous foods like celery and corn husks can get stuck around the motor, causing your garbage disposal to malfunction.

We only suggest throwing fibrous foods down your disposal in very small quantities, washing it afterward with cold water.

  1. Coffee Grounds

To help clean their drains, many people will throw coffee grounds down their disposal. But even these tiny granules of coffee can hurt your garbage disposal. Throw them in your flower garden instead!

If you end up with a garbage disposal problem, or any other plumbing emergency, call Dean’s! Our professionals can help you in any plumbing emergency. Learn more about our plumbing services on our website or give us a call to speak with a representative directly.

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