The garbage disposer is certainly practical for eliminating an assortment of food scraps and waste that can create unpleasant odors in your kitchen. However, if you are not careful with what you put in your garbage disposer, you could end up damaging it. This article highlights the ten most common disastrous items that end up in the disposer and alternative methods of disposal.
Most Common Drain Killers
- Vegetable Peels and Fruit Skins
The peels and skins from vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, onions, mangoes, and apples can get caught around the disposer blades. When this happens, it prevents the disposer from working properly. If you must dispose these items in your disposer, it is advisable to do it in small quantities and ensure that you run cold water while doing it.
- Pasta and Rice
These items can stick to the pipes and the blades, which can clog the sink. Even if you dispose a small amount of pasta or rice, they can cause backups.
- Celery stalks or stringy vegetables
Celery is rubbery and can generate the same effect as potato or apple skins. Spinach is stringy and by disposing this particular vegetable or celery stalks down your disposer, they can cause some serious congestion inside your sink.
- Bones or Shellfish Shells
Bones or shells can dull and break the disposer’s blades. The worst these hard materials can do to your disposer is to jam it, thwarting the blades from functioning properly, and eventually exhausting the motor.
- Fruit Seeds and Pits
Big and hard seeds and pits from nectarines, cherries, peaches, or durians can also cause blunt blades.
- Fats, Grease or Greasy Foods
Fats and greasy foods will dispense a film around the blades, sequentially reducing their effectiveness. Ultimately, the grease will start to putrefy, causing horrid smells in your kitchen. You should avoid pouring grease into the garbage disposer, as it can result in clogged pipes and drains when the grease hardens.
- Coffee Grounds
Excess disposal of coffee grounds down the disposer can cause clogged pipes.
- Egg Shells
Egg shells definitely have no place in the disposer. A large number of people claim that egg shells are able to sharpen the blades of the garbage disposer. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. Egg shells have a stringy membrane layer that can wrap around the unit’s shredder ring. When the shells are ground to consistency akin to sand, they can eventually clog up the pipes.
- Tea Leaves
This item can cause the same effect as coffee grounds, rice, and pasta.
- Non-Food Items
You should certainly avoid disposing non-food items into the disposer. Some non-food items that have been disposed into the unit include cigarette butts, rubber bands, sponges, pull tabs, twist ties, spoons, plant clippings, and fabric. The aforementioned items are unable to be broken down sufficiently to allow them to be washed down the drain.
Alternative Ways to Dispose of These Foods
As practical as they are, garbage disposers introduce algae-causing elements and amplify the number of solid waste in streams and treatment plants. For this reason, more energy is required to clean streams and to take care of wastewater. Therefore, a garbage disposer is not the most environmentally-friendly option to eliminate excess foods or scraps in your kitchen. Below are some alternative methods of food disposals.
- Make A Compost Heap
Turn scraps or excess foods into fertile and rich in nutrient compost for your plot. The compost heap can be kept in a huge container or it can be allocated in a subtle area of your garden. Ensure that you only add organic items, such as bread products, eggshells, fruits, and vegetable scraps. If you do not want unwanted animals in your garden, you should avoid adding meat, fatty scraps, and bones to the compost heap.
- Sink Colander and Strainers
Garbage disposers are ideal, because they offer you the ability to wash down scraps without clogging up the sink. Additionally, pulling wet scraps or excess foods from the sink is not a task that you want to do regularly. Therefore, you should consider placing a sink colander or strainer to stop the food waste from going down the sink. Should you encounter any serious problems with your garbage disposer, sink or any pipes in your kitchen, it is always best to contact an expert plumber, such as C&W Plumbing to deal with the problem. Do not try fixing the problem yourself, especially if you have no experience.
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