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Protect Your Garbage Disposal This Holiday Season!

Ah, the holidays. The time of the year when we get together with our family and friends, make merry, and, of course, eat enormous meals. A lot of the holidays are spent around the dinner table, and breaking bread with those closest to you is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

For your garbage disposal, however, the holidays can be a very stressful time. Don’t put your garbage disposal in Tampa, FL through the wringer this season. Here are some tips for helping you to avoid issues with your sink disposal.

Be Careful What You Put Down There

Garbage disposals today really are workhorses, and their outstanding performance quality leads many homeowners to get a little too confident in what they can handle. There are certain items that you really shouldn’t put into the disposal. They can damage the unit itself, or wind up clogging up the drain.

  • Very hard items, including animal bones and fruit pits, go in the trash. There is no reason to force your garbage disposal to go head to head with such hard materials. It can do damage over time.
  • Fibrous food waste, including celery stalks and corn husks, should be composted or tossed in the trash. These won’t damage the grinder the way that hard materials can. They may get wrapped up in the mechanism, though, and put excessive strain on the motor.
  • Rice, pasta, and grains may not seem too hard for a garbage disposal to handle. Such foods do absorb water, though. That can lead to drain blockages if they expand in the pipe.
  • Fats, oil, and grease should never go down the disposal. Again, the disposal itself may not be at risk, but running these items through the disposal won’t stop them from congealing when they cool down. That is a major cause of drain clogs.

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