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If you have a garbage disposal, you may love the convenience of simply rinsing off your plates and pans so that you do not have to deal with the food scraps. However, there are several foods that you should never put down your garbage disposal as they can lead to clogs in the drain trap or even your home's drainage pipe.
Any Type of Fat
One of the main types of foods that you should never put down your garbage disposal is fat. While a small amount of fat washed off of your dinner plate may not cause an issue, pouring hamburger grease, oily sauces, or fat trimmed off your steak can cause serious problems.
Since fats are viscous, they can quickly clog up the tiny opening of the drain trap. And, if the fats make their way through the drainage pipe and even out into the main sewer line, they can collect on the interior surfaces of the pipes. After a while, the fats then build up until they completely stop up your drains.
Potatoes and Peels
Another common food that you should get out of the habit of putting down your garbage disposal is potatoes and their peels. Even if they are cooked and mushy, potatoes also have a tendency to clog up disposals and plumbing.
As the potatoes are broken up inside the disposal, they mix with water to create a thick, starchy paste. This paste then hangs on to the inside of the trap and the pipes, slowly building blockages. And if peels are added to the mix, they not only start turning to starch, but pieces of the tough skins can become trapped in the drain trap.
If you are in the habit of throwing your eggshells in your sink to flush down the disposal, you should consider just throwing them in the garbage instead. While the cutters inside the disposal are usually capable of breaking up the shells, the tiny pieces may not be small enough to go through the openings of the drain trap, where they can settle and block the flow of water.
If you know you have put these types of foods down your garbage disposal in the past, and it has started draining slowly, you may need to have a professional determine where the clog is located. Contact a plumber to have them inspect the unit and your home's drainage pipe to find what is causing the issue so it can be fixed.Share