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The holiday weekend is fast approaching and you have so much to do. While you and your helpers are in the kitchen preparing meals, be careful what you put down the garbage disposal. There are many foods that can damage it.

Don’t put these in the garbage disposal

Grease, oils, and fats

Grease, oils, and fats are a big “No” when it comes to pouring down the drain, let alone in the garbage disposal. Grease, oils, and fats are usually liquid and soft after cooking, but once they cool they will congeal to form a sticky substance that can ruin your disposal’s mechanism. Take any grease that you strain off foods while cooking and set aside. Once the grease cools, throw it away in the trash. Also, avoid putting foods with butter, gravy and other grease, oils, and fats down the disposal.

Bones and other hard food waste

Your garbage disposal mechanism is designed to break apart soft foods with some amount of firmness. Hard food waste can wear away faster at the mechanism and even damage it. Bones are especially problematic because of their hardness. Even small chicken bones can splinter and get caught up in the mechanism to jam it.

Peels and stringy fruits and vegetables

The thickness of a banana peel or the slick texture of an onion peel are too much for a disposal mechanism to break down. Stringy fruits and vegetables such as celery and the husks of corn can wrap around the mechanism and jam it.

Grinds and shells

Small particles that are hard, don’t dissolve, and stick together can be very problematic for a garbage disposal. They form a large mass that can clog the mechanism, damaging the disposal. These include coffee grounds, egg shells, and nut shells.

Anything in large quantity

Too much of any type of food waste can jam your disposal. But even small amounts of certain items can create a large mass if it sticks together. Starches such as pasta, rice, and potato peels are bad for this reason.

Anything inorganic

Inorganic waste such as the paper tea bags, plastic wrap, paper towels, and foil don’t belong down the disposal. These can wrap around your mechanism and damage it. Remember that your garbage disposal is designed to help break apart small quantities of soft foods to help them dissolve quicker so they can pass through the drains.

Besides your garbage disposal, you want to be careful what gets into your kitchen drains. Adding a small mesh screen to stop particles from going down the drains can help reduce problems from clogs. If you suspect you have a problem, it is best to get it taken care of before it gets worse.

For all your plumbing needs, call High Priority Plumbing at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah. Happy Holidays!