What to Avoid Putting Down the Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal in your home or business then you already know how convenient and useful they can be at eliminating food waste. However, there are several things that you should avoid putting down your disposal for fear of causing damage to the unit and/or clogging your drainage system. Let’s talk about just what shouldn’t be put down your garbage disposal.

Types of Food Waste to Keep Out of the Disposal

While most types of food waste are perfectly fine to put down the disposal, some types of food waste can cause damage to your garbage disposal. Food items that can damage your disposal include things like:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Hard or tough raw vegetables like carrots and celery

And, in addition to food items that can damage your unit, there are also types of food waste that can cause serious clogs in your drainage system. Foods that can clog a garbage disposal include things like:

  • Potato peels
  • Fat or grease
  • Oil-based sauces and marinades

Other Types of Waste to Avoid Putting in the Garbage Disposal

Besides food waste, there are other types of waste that are often found in kitchen sinks that should be kept out of the disposal. They include things like:

  • Ice
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Muffin/cupcake wrappers
  • Garbage in general
  • Vomit (we know this is gross, but you’d be surprised how many people run straight to the sink when they have to vomit)

Broken or Clogged Disposal? Contact Scott English Plumbing, Inc.

If you have a damaged or clogged garbage disposal, then we can help! Here at Scott English Plumbing, Inc., we employ a team of professional plumbers that are always standing by to help you with your garbage disposal problems. Contact us today!