The Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

April 15 2016

Having a clogged drain is a major inconvenience, but having a clogged kitchen sink is unbearable. A sure way to clog your kitchen sink is by putting things in the drain that you assume your garbage disposal will grind up and push down the pipes. But what happens if your throw something into the disposal that is too much for the blades to handle? Your garbage disposal break or get jammed and your sink drain will definitely become clogged. To avoid this from happening let’s take a look at the do’s and don’ts of using your garbage disposal.

There are many things that are fine to go down your garbage disposal, but there are also several things that will cause you problems with your garbage disposal. To prevent problems with your kitchen sink, follow the tips below:

The Do’s:

When it comes to things that are ok to go down the garbage disposal, follow the everything in moderation rule. Feel free to put any scrap food down the garbage disposal, but wash it down with hot water. This way if there is any grease or oil headed down the pipe, it will be broken up before it has the chance to solidify. Meats, eggshells, and fruits are all ok to go down the disposal. In fact lemon and lime slices have been known to get rid of bad smells coming from your kitchen sink drain. Anything that goes down your garbage disposal should also be in small pieces so that they don’t get stuck in the drain.

The Don’ts:

Don’t intentionally put anything and everything down your garbage disposal. Things like large amounts of grease, and starchy foods like potato peels, potatoes, pasta, and rice will thicken and can easily clog your drain and disposal. Don’t grind animal bones – your turkey carcass and your ham bone should go nowhere near your garbage disposal. Don’t grind any of your addictions either like cigarette butts or coffee grounds. If you do put a don’t in your disposal, don’t try to correct the issue with drain cleaner or bleach. These products can damage your pipes and the blades of your disposal. Another don’t is your hand – if something is clogging your drain do not, we repeat, do not stick your hand in the garbage disposal unless you can guarantee that the disposal is off and will stay off. Also wear a protective glove, you can easily cut your hand on the sharp blades.

Next time you have a garbage disposal jam, or a kitchen sink clog call the plumbing experts in Honolulu. We will get your kitchen drain back up and running in no time! If you happen to clog your kitchen drain during an important event like a dinner party, birthday party, or family reunion call us for emergency plumbing services. EPS is open 24/7 for all of your Honolulu area plumbing emergencies. Don’t let a clogged drain ruin your party. Simply call the experts at EPS for emergency plumbing services in a hurry!