Common Mistakes in Using Disposals

Things that will damage or clog your garbage disposal:

  • Grease or Oils. Thick, greasy liquids like grease and oil can solidify in a disposal as they cool, which is one of the number one causes of troublesome disposal clogs according to Benjamin Franklin plumbers.
  • Potato Peels or other Fibrous Food Waste. The starch in these peels tends to cling to the metal interior of garbage disposals and ends up being very difficult to remove.
  • Any Bones, Seeds, or Pits. Just like any type of blade, the blades in a garbage disposal dull over time. Avoid putting materials inside the unit that expedite that process.
  • Putting In Actual Garbage. Just because garbage is in the name doesn’t mean it’s okay to throw things like paper towels, plastic, or metal inside of the unit. This also includes wooden matches, cigarettes, rubber bands and twist ties, and of course glass.

Using the best operating sequence. For best operation, follow this order: First, start running cool water. Second, turn on the disposal. Third, gradually put food in (don’t shove it in all at once). Run the disposal until food is gone (usually 30 seconds is enough). Turn it off and let the water run for another 10 or 15 seconds to flush out the drain.

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