You love your garbage disposal. It makes kitchen clean up a breeze and cuts down the time you spend on dishes. Using your disposal for food scraps also helps the environment by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
The purpose of a garbage disposal is to shred food waste so it does not clog your pipes. To ensure your disposal continues to function correctly, run it on a regular basis with cold water flowing. If there is any grease or oil in there, the cold water will help to solidify it so that it can be ground. Most importantly, do not put anything in your disposal that is not biodegradable, and anything that IS NOT FOOD will certainly break the disposal.
There are limits to what your garbage disposal can handle. To prevent it from breaking, which will require a call to a plumber who will charge you an expensive bill, make a note of the following list from Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling Energy Services of acceptable and unacceptable items to put into the disposal.
Here is what SHOULD go down the disposal:
Here are items that SHOULD NOT go down the disposal:
Remember, anything that is not food will damage your garbage disposal. A proper rule of thumb when deciding what can go down in the garbage disposal is: when in doubt, throw it out. It is also important to know that not all garbage disposals can handle the same things. Always check your user’s manual as to what you can and cannot put in it.
If something does break in your garbage disposal, call Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling Energy Services at 866-953-8728 to come out and take a look.