Avoid Putting These Things in Your Garbage Disposal

Looking After Your Garbage Disposal Unit

Are you a smart homeowner who keeps abreast of new ideas? CNBC reports U.S. food loss and waste accounts for about 31 percent of the overall food supply available to retailers and consumers, with far-reaching effects on food security and climate change. As such, garbage disposals fulfill a unique need. Many homeowners love their kitchen garbage disposal. But it is your friend only until it breaks. Just as certain foods can benefit our health and improve our skin and hair, there are particular foods that can damage or block your garbage disposal system.

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Blocking Pipes

Any grease or fat will clog your pipes causing blockages in your plumbing. If you wish to see the infamous Whitechapel fatberg which weighed in at 130 tons and was over 250 meters long at its discovery in September 2017. It is now on display at the London Museum in the United Kingdom. There is no need to create your own. As grease coats your blades, it will make them less efficient. Coffee grounds are also a pipe blocker as their fine particle size produces a tough impermeable mass. However, they are renowned the world over for being garden friendly with a multitude of other uses.

Damaging Blade

Note carefully what shouldn’t be thrown in the garbage disposal as some waste is unsuitable to be ground down by the blades. Animal bones are too rough for the blades. Shellfish with its hard casing can also do untold damage.  Leftover shellfish and meat are a smelly, unhygienic way to clog up the garbage disposal. Avoid putting these in the garbage disposal to deter unwanted guests. Stringy, fibrous corn husks and celery are easily tangled in the mechanism. Leafy artichoke, spinach, lettuce and potato peelings easily wrap and stick around the blades.

Sticking and Expanding Starch

The starch in potatoes inadvertently sticks onto the flailing function. Beware of flying pits and seeds as these are too hard to be sliced by the blades. The garbage disposal may regurgitate these at speed in your direction and injure you. Cooked, starch-ridden foods such as pasta and rice can expand within the system as they continue to absorb water again and can contribute to breaking the system. Dry, uncooked pasta can inadvertently cause damage due to its hardness.

Should you find any issues with your garbage disposal there are repair services available. Just be sure to locate a reputable tradesperson who will return it to its former glory so you can keep it running smoothly and clog free.

In the challenge to decrease your food waste, use the tips above to prevent your garbage disposal from getting clogged up, or damaged by food remnants. All that remains is to only put the right things down in it to keep your household disposal system in good working order.


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