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What to Not Put down Your Garbage Disposal

If you own a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, you may not think it is even possible for you to experience a clog since that is the precise reason your disposal exists. However, this is not the case. It is actually fairly easy for a clog to occur in a sink that has a garbage disposal, most of the time because you are putting the wrong foods down your disposal. Continue reading below to discover which foods you should not stick down your garbage disposal so that you can protect your investment and avoid clogs.

Popcorn Kernels and Bones

A good rule to follow: If you could not chew it with your teeth, you should not put it in your disposal. Your unit can easily break when you put these types of items in your garbage disposal.

Pasta and Rice

You likely did not know this is a no-no. While your garbage disposal can break up food like this, it cannot keep them from expanding once they have been dismembered, which can cause a clog in your pipes pretty easily.

Celery and Onion Skins

While some vegetable peels and skins are totally fine to put down the garbage disposal, not all of them are that way. Celery and onion skins are fibrous and stringy. Other items that also fall into this category are asparagus and corn husks. These types of foods can wrap around the impeller and cause the motor to jam.

Grease and Fat

This one you should know. Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, you should never ever put grease or fat down the drain. These liquids can easily solidify and cause major clogs that will have to be repaired by a professional.

Food Wrappers

Plain and simple, your garbage disposal is not your trash can. Whatever you do, don’t put food wrappers and other non-food items down your disposal if you want to keep it in working order.

If you have put one of the aforementioned items in your garbage disposal and it is starting to show signs of wear and tear, or it is not working at all, give the experts at High 5 Plumbing a call today at (720) 330-4868. We are Denver’s best plumbing company and we have plenty of experience when it comes to replacing or repairing garbage disposals. Contact us today and we can help to get your disposal back in working order.