Are you using your garbage disposal properly? What foods do you consistently flush down the drain, and which foods do you pitch elsewhere? The Atlanta home inspection crew has created a list of consumables that need to avoid garbage disposal territory. Make sure that the disposal stays clog-free, and that the trap does not become blocked. Even though a plumber could help in this situation, why pay for a service call if you can educate your family ahead of time and avoid the situation if possible!
Here’s that short list of food waste that’s better suited for the garbage
- Rice and pasta : Small particles can never be completely pulverized, and will swell in the presence of water. This can clog pipes and traps.
- Egg shells : Tiny, granular waste can get “bound” with pipe sludge, creating a thick clog.
- Coffee grounds : Same as for egg shells. As a clog thickens, it’s harder for water to pass through.
- Grease : Liquid fats turn to solid when in contact with cold water. Over time, this creates a clog like plaque on an artery.
- Potato peels : Once ground, peels turn starchy like mashed potatoes. This can clog a drain pipe instantly.
With kitchen garbage disposals, the general rule for flushing food should be “when in doubt, leave it out”. Use your disposal for convenience, not for a trash chute substitute!
On a side note, The Atlanta home inspector takes pictures of every garbage disposal and submits the model and serial numbers to RecallChek to ensure that your disposal has not been recalled for issues. There could be an underlying issue with the disposal if you are experiencing issues, yet using the appliance properly.
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