Garbage disposals are convenient kitchen appliances that make disposing table scraps much easier. While a lot of things can go down the disposal without hurting it, there are several common items that should never be put into a disposal unit. Inserting these items into the disposal can cause it to clog or break, which will require a call to us to come fix.
Pasta and Rice
and rice won’t break down small enough to properly go through a
disposal and exit down the drain. Instead, the particles will stick to
the sides and swell when they come in contact with water. Eventually,
the particles will build up until it blocks or breaks the disposal.
disposals are not made to break down hard items such as bones. They
aren’t strong enough, and trying to put a bone down a disposal can
easily break it. In fact, animal bones are one of the most common
reasons a garbage disposal gets broken.
should never put grease down your sink, whether there is a garbage
disposal or not. It will solidify and clog some or all of your drain. If
you’d like more information, you can read our article on Grease Traps and Grease Interceptors.
foods such as asparagus, corn husks, or lettuce are not good for
garbage disposals. When they enter the device the stringy fibers can
wrap around the rotating plates and disable the motor.
garbage disposal can be a great tool to use in your kitchen, but keep
these items in mind when you go to put something down the drain. If you
already have a problem with your disposal, or any other plumbing
problem, give Dauenhauer Plumbing a call and we’ll be glad to come take a look.