What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal: A Littleton, MA Plumber’s Guide

With a professional installation and proper use a garbage disposal can be a great, convenient addition to any kitchen. Many homeowners, though, do not take the time to get to understand their garbage disposals or their limitations. While a garbage disposal that could efficiently and completely break down any substance you feed it may be ideal, this is likely not the case with the garbage disposal beneath your kitchen sink in Littleton, MA.

In order to keep your garbage disposal in the best condition possible it is necessary for you to better understand what it is capable of. In the case of your garbage disposal, we at Basnett Plumbing think it is just as important to be informed about what it is not capable of. Here are a few examples of some items and substances that should never be put down your garbage disposal.

  • Bones: Many people have taken up composting and discovered that bones do not belong in the compost bin. This may make the temptation to feed them down your garbage disposal even greater. In the case of bones, though, the trash barrel really is the best option. We all want to reduce our waste, but if you keep putting bones down the drain you’ll be adding a burnt out garbage disposal to the trash before long.
  • Fibrous Tissues: It may seem like a no brainer to think that anything we are capable of chewing with our teeth should be no match for a garbage disposal. Certain fibrous materials, though, such as celery stalks, corn husks and potato peels are exceptions to this seemingly obvious rule. The fibers compromising such substances can become entangled in the mechanisms of the disposal, causing it to jam. This is one for the compost bin or trash bucket.
  • Grease and Fats: It is important to remember that just because something is a liquid does not mean it can go down the drain. Fat and grease from your skillets or roasting pans may be liquids when they are hot, but they will cool down eventually. When they do they become gelatinous and solidify. This means that they can line the interior of your pipes, trapping more substances and causing serious blockages. Freeze your fat in a disposable container and throw it away.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep the garbage disposal in your Littleton, MA home in great working condition. If you have any further questions, just call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

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