Hmmm, there is a lot of stuff all mixed together on these serving platters. Oh well, I’m sure that the garbage disposal can handle it!
Not so fast. Put down the platter and back out of the kitchen. Slowly.
Okay, that last bit was just for a bit of dramatic flair, but the first part is worth paying attention to. Never assume that your garbage disposal can handle everything that you can throw at it, provided that it is organic material. Why not? Because this simply is not true!
Garbage disposals have just one job to do, and that is to grind (not chop, but that’s a topic for another time) food waste up so that it can be disposed of through your plumbing system, rather than being put in the trash and taken out to the curb. However, it is important to remember that even the best garbage disposals do have their limitations.
The last thing that you want to do is to damage your garbage disposal or create plumbing problems by using the disposal incorrectly.
You Cannot Grind Down FOG!
Fat, oil, and grease. The bane of garbage disposals and dishwashers alike. You’ll find plenty of dishwashing liquid claiming to be tough to these materials, but the fact that you can effectively wash them off of pots and pans doesn’t mean that they’ll do you any favors once they enter the drains in your plumbing system. Why not? Because they’ll congeal.
You can expect your garbage disposal to help out a lot in terms of convenience, but the fact is that it is no match for FOG and the problems it causes. Once those liquids cool down and firm up, it is clear how little benefit that garbage disposal has to offer when squared off against it. The material will congeal, and clogs will follow.
Keep Very Hard Items Out
Modern garbage disposals are really fine-tuned to handle the demand that homeowners put on them. Some even claim to be effective against raw bones, fruit pits, and so on. If you ask us, it’s best to play it safe. Very hard items should just be tossed in the trash. It’s easy enough to do.
Remember, your garbage disposal grinds food down, and grinding down such items will take a toll even if they are ground down successfully. These are tough appliances, but that doesn’t mean that you really need to stack the odds against them.
Don’t Tie Your Disposal Up
No, we don’t think we’ve ever come across an issue with homeowners feeding rope or fishing line down the disposal. However, we have seen disposals brought to a halt because they’ve gotten very fibrous foods all wrapped up around them. Corn husks, celery stalks, etc.
These materials can get wrapped up in the moving parts of the garbage disposal and cause a lot of problems. Your garbage disposal could even wind up overheating or suffering damages that will require repairs. When in doubt, check the manual before putting anything down the drain.
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