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What to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal

kitchen-sinkCertain appliances in your home you probably could not think of living without, such as your water heater. The garbage disposal in your kitchen may be more of a luxury than a necessity, but that doesn’t mean that it is any less important than any other system in your home — especially once you’ve gotten used to the incredible benefits and convenience that it has to offer. Unfortunately, many of the issues that we see with garbage disposals in homes are the result of improper usage. Don’t let user error lead to a damaged disposal in your home!

Here are a few tips about what to keep out of your garbage disposal, and why. Failing to keep these tips in mind can not only damage your disposal, but may actually compromise your drain or sewer lines themselves. Contact us if you require any garbage disposal services in Corona, CA.

Avoid Putting These Items Down Your Garbage Disposal

There is a misconception that the garbage disposal is full of sharp blades that can chop up anything you put down it into tiny pieces. This is simply not true. In fact, your garbage disposal does not have any blades like a blender. instead, the system has grinder plates that rely on centrifugal force to grind  down food waste into a paste. That ground up waste is then flushed down the drain, which is why keeping the water running during use is so important. That being said, here are some items to keep out of the drain.

  • Very hard items, like raw animal bones or fruit pits. Some newer garbage disposals actually advertise that they can handle items like pits, but you should definitely never assume this to be the case.
  • Pasta or rice. While these materials are obviously not going to damage the impeller mechanism because they’re too hard, they can absorb water in your pipes and wind up causing clogs in your drains.
  • FOG, or fats, oil, and grease. If you put these hot liquids down your drain after cooking, they can congeal once they hit the cooler interior of your pipes. When that happens, it is only a matter of time before serious clogs develop.
  • Very fibrous food waste, such as corn husks or celery stalks. These items can get wrapped up in the moving parts of the garbage disposal, and it can be damaged as it struggles to continue with its regular operation.

Garbage disposals are generally very reliable so long as you use them properly. If for some reason your garbage disposal should shut down during use, check to see if the reset button is the solution. This will generally be enough to get the disposal back up and running. If not, then you should hire a professional plumber to come and assess the system. While not the most complex piece of equipment in any given plumbing system, your garbage disposal should only be serviced by trained professionals.

Contact The Sunny Plumber Corona when you need garbage disposal services of any kind. 

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