3 Items To Avoid Putting Down The Garbage Disposal

Posted on: 15 June 2018

Your garbage disposal is one of the most important plumbing installations in your kitchen, as it allows you to eliminate organic waste without causing drain clogs that can disrupt your everyday schedule. However, while garbage disposals are extremely durable and are designed to handle a wide range of different materials, there are a handful of items that you should avoid putting down the disposal to prevent damaging the disposal itself or causing clogs or plumbing issues. Understanding what those items are can help you separate them from what you dispose of, proactively preventing plumbing problems from occurring.

1. Coffee Grounds

While they are small enough to pass by your garbage disposal without actually causing any damage to the blades or motor, coffee grounds can actually be quite destructive to your home's plumbing and drains. When exposed to water and heat, coffee grounds can turn into a thick sludge that can gum up the drains and prevent water from flowing through properly, which can require you to have a professional plumber come in to clear them out. In severe cases, coffee grounds can actually trap otherwise easily drained materials as well, creating a durable and complete blockage that is much harder to completely remove.

2. Eggshells

Though eggs are stereotypically very fragile and thus would not seem to represent a threat to anything, let alone the metal blades of a garbage disposal, they can cause severe damage and malfunctions. This is because the soft and rubbery membrane on the interior of eggshells can wrap itself around the blades of the disposal, placing greater stress on the motor and making it harder for the blades to break up other debris which may be flowing through. This can lead to damage to the motor and blades and can be a major contributing factor to future drain clogs due to a drop in the effectiveness of your disposal.

3. Grease, Oils, and Fats

Finally, the last group of objects that you should avoid placing down the garbage disposal, and indeed even the drains themselves, are cooking greases, oils, and fats. These items are all liquid when hot, but form a sludge that can prevent the disposal's blades from moving at all and can create major blockages in your plumbing. Instead, you should pour these items into a can or jar, allow them to solidify and cool down, and then either throw them out or use them in your compost pile.

For more information, contact a company like West Sound Plumbing Service.