What NOT To Put In Your Garbage Disposal

22347930_sThe garbage disposal…probably one the best inventions to enter a kitchen. Instead of having a smelly garbage can, you can throw those leftovers right into your trusty garbage disposal to get shredded and washed away down the drain. But one day, you flip the switch an notice a loud, clanging sound or maybe it’s starting to spit food back out at you. What in the world happened? You would be surprised to know how many people have no idea of what shouldn’t be put in there, and maybe you’re even one of them. So checkout this list of a few things that could be harmful to your garbage disposal.

  • Beans, pasta, potatoes, and rice: Even small portions of these foods can swell and eventually cause a clog.
  • Egg shells: Although these have been said to sharpen the blades, it’s no actually true. The stringy membrane can wrap around the shredder ring and the shell will actually will be grounded into a sand like consistency causing clogs in pipes.
  • Fibrous foods: Artichokes, carrots, celery, corn husks, lettuce, onion skins, and potato peels all have strings that wrap around the blades hindering it from operating correctly. If you that it’s necessary to put such fibrous food down the drain, be sure to cut it into small chunks.
  • Grease, fats, and oils: Grease distributes fat all over the blades, decreasing their effectiveness. After some time, the grease will decay causing a foul odor, and that’s not something anyone wants to deal with.

Of course you never want to put yourself or a loved one in danger by unknowingly sticking your hand down in a garbage disposal. So let us be the 1st Plumber to Call and have one of our garbage disposal repair specialists come take care of it for you. Contact us at (404) 758-6237.