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What Not to Put Down the Garbage Disposal

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With guests coming over for your Memorial Day celebrations, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning garbage disposal. As convenient as this appliance is, if it’s not operated or maintained properly, it can easily break down, block, and clog your drains causing a whole laundry list of problems.

So how do you ensure you are using it properly? Start by making sure you aren’t putting any detrimental items down there! Here are the top foods you should avoid putting down your disposal:

  • Grease – Any oil or hot, liquid fat should not go down the disposal (let alone the drain). When grease cools, it solidifies in the drain – leading to clogs down the line.
  • Starchy Vegetables – Keep any stringy, fibrous, or starchy vegetables (think potato peels, lettuce, or celery) out of the disposal as they can easily wrap around the blade clogging the drain.
  • Pasta – The longer pasta sits in water, the more it expands, ultimately clogging your drain over time.
  • Bones – A garbage disposal isn’t strong enough to handle bones from chicken, pork, lamb, or beef. Throwing them down there will get them caught and wear out the disposal.

It’s important to remember your disposal shouldn’t be used in place of your trash can. If you do find yourself with some clogs after your company leaves – don’t panic, we’re here to help. The experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are available for all of your plumbing needs, give us a call today!

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