Almost every home in Draper, UT has a garbage disposal in the kitchen, which can do wonders for getting rid of used foodstuffs. But that can sometimes lead homeowners to become complacent, and pour things down the drain they shouldn’t. Garbage disposal are very versatile, but they can’t handle everything, and if you don’t pay attention, the foods you pour down the drain can end up causing serious problems. We’ve included a quick list below, along with the reasons why.
- Fats, oils and grease. FOG, as these materials are referred to in the plumbing industry, are tricky because they’re often poured down in liquid form when hot. As they cool, however, they can solidify in your drain and create a truly nasty clog. Instead, pour these hot liquids into an empty can until they cool, then dispose of them in the trash.
- Fibrous vegetables. This can include celery, potato peelings, carrot shavings and the like. They may not seem like much, but they can wrap around the gears in your garbage disposal and create a serious problem. They can also get tangled up in the pipes themselves and create a clog. Always peel your vegetables with the drain covered, and put the peelings in the trash instead of the garbage disposal.
- Coffee grounds. These can be like sand to your garbage disposal gears, increasing friction and sometimes causing complete breakdowns. Always dispose of them in the trash instead of the garbage disposal.
- Bones and seeds. Most people know not to put bones down the garbage disposal, or seeds, or peach pits or corn cobs. The disposal simply can’t handle them, and the damage they can cause can be severe indeed.
- Rice and pasta. Though they seem harmless, these foods can swell when they get wet, and like vegetable peelings, can get tangled in your pipes and create a bad clog.
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