What to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal
Your kitchen garbage disposal has a healthy, hearty appetite. But, just like humans, there are certain items it finds utterly disagreeable. To help keep your garbage disposal running at peak performance while resulting in fewer repairs, here are a few items that never should see the inside of your unit.
- Toxic Substances – Paint, paint thinners, solvent-based cleaners, and even nail polish remover should never be poured down the drain. They also shouldn’t be placed in your garbage or recycling bin. Instead, contact town hall or local recycling center for information on proper disposal of toxic waste materials.
- Medicine – When your medication expires (liquid or pills), mix it with coffee grounds or kitty litter and dispose of it in your trash. Also check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer “take-back” days.
- FOG (fats, oil and grease) – This is the most common “bad stuff” entering your kitchen drain or garbage disposal. We’re talking about things like melted butter, turkey grease, bacon fat, vegetable oil, and a host of other gooey substances. These should be poured into an old coffee can and placed in your trash.
- Kitchen Waste – There are even certain foods your disposal finds un-grindable, like fibrous fruit or vegetables, starchy foods like pasta and potato skins, just to name a few. Since they can’t be neatly ground up, they tend to gum up the inside of the drain, often too far down to easily break them up and flush them. So, plan A should be dump your kitchen scraps into a compost bin.
- Automotive Products – According to the EPA, one quart of motor oil can contaminate 2 million gallons of drinking water – reason enough to never dispose of any automotive products down your drain or disposal. Instead, bring all such products to your local recycling center for proper disposal.
So, let’s say you heed all these warnings and never, ever knowingly dispose of improper material down your drain or disposal. Does that mean you’ll never have a drain problem to cope with? We’d love to tell you no, but problems just have a way of happening. If one should happen to you, Arnold & Sons Plumbing is here to offer the dedicated and experienced support you need to help restore sanity out of chaos.