Houston Garbage Disposal Installation
Keeping Your Kitchen Appliances in Top Working Condition
Many of our service calls involve garbage disposal units. Although they are extremely useful and convenient, many homeowners fail to realize that they are not indestructible. Large quantities of food or items that don’t belong in the disposal can overwhelm it and cause clogs, breakdowns, or worse.
What not to put down your garbage disposal:
- Grease– If you have been putting your kitchen grease down the sink, you are setting yourself up for a bad clog in your sewer lines. The fats in your grease and oil liquefy when heated, but when cooled, turn into a solid that can wreak havoc on plumbing and sewer lines. Instead, pour your liquid grease into a glass jar and save it for later, or throw it out in the trash.
- Fibrous foods– Fibrous foods like celery, asparagus, cornhusks, and onion skins can be difficult for your disposal to break down. The long, tough strands can get wrapped up in the disposal’s blades, bringing it to a halt. Throw these types of foods into the garbage, or a compost if you have one.
- Potatoes, pasta, and rice– Avoid putting anything that can swell inside your garbage disposal such as potatoes, beans, rice, and other heavy starches. Very small amounts are fine, but when enough of these items enter your unit, they will expand and clog up your pipes.
Other items to avoid include bones, pits, plastics, paint or any other non-food items. You couldn’t imagine the things we have found stuck in people’s garbage disposals! The secret to a healthy and long-lasting garbage disposal is being mindful of what goes into it.