Garbage Disposal Tips

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The holiday season is here and time for your garbage disposal to get to work. It's very common to have garbage disposals to jam up. Click here or see the list below for a list of items that should never put down your garbage disposal.

Bones: Disposal blades and motors are not strong enough to effectively break down bones from beef, chicken, pork and lamb; bones can get caught in the garbage disposal and damage the blade or burn out the motor.

Coffee grounds: Grounds are often unable to pass through the garbage disposal and drainage pipe and end up stuck in the disposal trap, where they can clog the drain.

Egg shells: The membranes on the interior of egg shells can wrap around the disposal blade, damaging the blade or causing the drain to clog.

Fruit pits and seeds: Large pits and seeds from fruits like apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, avocados and mangoes can harm the disposal blade and lead to a clogged drain.

Fruit and vegetable peels: Banana peels, corn husks and potato peels can become tangled around disposal blades, clog the drain and cause damage to the disposal.

Grease, oil and fat: As they cool, grease, oils and fats can solidify around the disposal blades and block the drain. Pasta and rice: Starchy foods like rice and pasta can expand with water, making them difficult for the disposal to grind up and leading to the disposal trap clogging.

Pasta and rice: Starchy foods like rice and pasta can expand with water, making them difficult for the disposal to grind up and leading to the disposal trap clogging.