You will save money by maintaining your garbage disposal. Do not insert any blade or motor-damaging items into your disposal system.
Garbage disposals are primarily for soft food waste and skin/peels.
If you can’t put something in the disposal system, throw it in the regular household trash bin or garbage can.
Some food waste, like coffee grounds, is bad for your disposal but great for a home-managed compost pile.
Do Not Put These Items In Your Garbage Disposal:
Glass (broken shards, etc.)
The glass will jack up your disposal’s blades. Dull blades mean your garbage disposal won’t work and now you’re calling us.
Bones (chicken, steak, fish, seafood, etc.,)
Bones are damaging to the disposal system’s blades and motor. Garbage disposals can break down hard materials sometimes, but doing so long-term dulls the blade and wears out the motor.
Hard Metals And Materials
Sticking a hard piece of metal like a spoon in your garbage disposal will blow out your system’s motor and damage the blades. Make sure you check your disposal for any metal tools (like a fork or spoon). before turning it on and running the system.
Putting coffee grounds through your garbage disposal will both clog your drains, and damage your system’s blades and motor. Once the grounds are in and around your garbage disposal, they turn into a clogging muck.
Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG)
These FOG materials go down your disposal as a liquid but then solidify once down the drain, clogging your pipes. Your Garbage Disposal cannot fix the drain clog and now you have a plumbing issue.
The goal is to keep your garbage disposal system sharp and powerful for a long time. Doing so means you save money and do not have to pay for repairs. Only put soft, hand-mashable waste in your garbage disposal.
If you have a broken garbage disposal or plumbing problem in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware areas, make an appointment with Action Plumbing. We will fix your plumbing and disposal issues.