It’s Independence Day, and if you’re like most of us Americans, you’re looking forward to celebrating the fourth with a big old family barbecue. That said, your garbage disposal is likely going to get a lot of action today — almost as much as your grill and beer cooler! Whether you’re having family over yourself, or are visiting friends, it’s important to know what can and cannot go down the drain in order to avoid a clogged disposal — because let’s face it, no one wants to deal with plumbing problems on the Fourth of July!
So, without further ado here are some foods you can feel confident tossing down the garbage disposal:
- Softer Foods: If it’s soft enough to feed to an infant, it’s soft enough to go down your garbage disposal! Soft foods and liquids are always a good choice for your disposal, since they require minimal grinding to get the job done.
- Chopped Foods: If you absolutely must toss solids down your disposal, make sure they’ve been thoroughly chopped first. This will reduce the likelihood that your unit will become clogged or broken in the process.
- Ice cubes: Not only is it okay to dump leftover ice down the disposal, but it’s actually encouraged! Grinding up frozen water will actually help clean out your disposal, knocking built up residue off your unit’s blades.
On the flipside, you should avoid grinding up these foods in your garbage disposal at all costs:
- Fibrous Foods: Think celery, kale, lettuce, onion skins and the like. Any veggie with a particularly stringy or fibrous consistency can easily become wrapped in your drain’s disposal.
- Cooking Grease: Please, just say no! It may seem like a simple liquid when it’s going in, but remember, grease will harden as it cools. The last thing you want is cooking oil solidified in your disposal or worse, within your plumbing.
- Carbs: Bread, pasta and rice are a no-go. Not only are they tough to break down, but they can expand in your plumbing and cause clogs.
- Bones: These are the opposite of “soft foods,” so it should be no surprise that bones should be kept out of your sink’s garbage disposal. Some are even hard enough to break your blades, rather than just plugging the unit.
- Utensils: This may seem like a no-brainer but you would be surprised how many forks and knives have accidentally slid down the disposal. To avoid this issue, keep your disposal off until your sink has been cleared and you’re 100% positive there’s nothing lurking in the drain.
Remember — even the most cautious homeowner can still run into garbage disposal issues from time to time. Fortunately, our plumbing experts are available 24/7/365 to come have a look. Serving all of Anaheim and the surrounding areas, there’s no broken disposal the team at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter can’t fix!