What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

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
Pasta 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.

Animal Bones
Garbage 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.

You 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.

Fibrous Foods
Fibrous 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.

Your 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.