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Foods That Don’t Belong In A Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposal clog-freeWhen you have a garbage disposal problem, calling a plumber in Chantilly will cost you the service charge along with whatever the “remedy” was to get things fixed.

You can avoid many problems just by knowing what you should not put in the disposal.  It does have it limitations.

Most clogs are the result of how certain food waste reacts with water and there’s some items you should never flush down your sink. This is because everything sent through the disposal eventually must make its way down the waste line and that can include a trap.

Over time, the trap can get blocked.

Keep that in mind as you remember to avoid the things in this list:

  • Rice and pasta : Small particles can never be completely pulverized, and will swell in the presence of water. This can clog pipes and traps.
  • Egg shells : Tiny, granular waste can get “bound” with pipe sludge, creating a thick clog.
  • Coffee grounds : same comment as egg shells.
  • Grease : Liquid fats turn to solid when in contact with cold water. Over time, this creates a clog…think of it as plaque on an artery.
  • Potato peels : Once ground, peels turn starchy like mashed potatoes. This can clog a drain pipe immediately.

A good rule is to not put anything down the disposal that you have doubts about.  It has its limitations and knowing them can save money.