One of the biggest appeals to a garbage disposal is the fact that it makes preparing and disposing of food so easy. However, many people who have never owned a garbage disposal end up breaking or damaging it early on, since they are unaware of items that it simply cannot handle. No matter if you purchase your garbage disposal in the bargain bin, or splurge on a top-of-the-line model, there are some items that should never be put in it. Here are a few items that should always stay out of your garbage disposal:
Grease: Since grease is liquid when you're pouring it down the drain, it may not occur to you that that it can stick to your garbage disposal and will eventually harden. This can negatively affect the disposal's grinding abilities.
Bones: No matter how strong your disposal is, animal bones should stay out of it. Fine ones like fish bones may be ground with ease, but it's always best to put the bones from ribs or chicken legs in the trash instead.
Fibrous food waste: This includes corn husks and celery stalks. Any sort of food that has a stringy consistency can get tangled in the motor, keeping it from grinding properly and eventually clogging your drain.
Fruit pits: Just like bones get in the way and bend your garbage disposal's blades, the pits in stone fruits or avocados will do the same. Just toss these items in the trash.
If you find your garbage disposal on the fritz, no worries. Contact your local Clearwater Roto-Rooter and we would be happy to fix it for you.