Garbage disposals have become a kitchen necessity that have helped with daily household duties, but if not maintained properly, garbage disposals can break down and become clogged – resulting in a costly repair which could ultimately result in a new garbage disposal.
Just like any household appliance, you should treat a garbage disposal well to ensure it lasts many years. Mr. Plumber has some dos and don’ts of what you can put down your garbage disposal just in case you need a quick reminder.
Tips: What You Can Put Down the Garbage Disposal
First, the basics. Keep your garbage disposal clean. Run cold water for 20-30 seconds before and after you use the disposal. Also, pour some dish soap down the drain to keep the disposal clean and ready to go for the next time you grind something up.
- Soft foods (If a baby can eat it – a disposal can get rid of it)
- Ice cubes
- Chopped foods (make sure the food is not solid)
- Small fish bones (exception to the rule)
Tips: What You Can’t Put Down the Garbage Disposal
If something is not biodegradable, it should not be put down a disposal. In case something happens, you can always count on Mr. Plumber to be your handy San Antonio garbage disposal repair company.
- Glass, metal, plastic
- Grease, oil, fat
- Do not use hot water when disposing of food
- Corn, celery, onions
- Large animal bones – beef, pork
- Coffee grounds
- Harsh chemicals – Example: Bleach
- Rice, pasta
- Fruit pits, seeds
Do you continue to experience drain clogs? It may be time for a drain cleaning. Reach out to the Good Guys in Blue. For over 40 years we have served San Antonio’s plumbing needs. Our team of plumbers has experience working on drain cleaning, garbage disposals and much more. (210) 492-2000