Garbage disposals make cleaning up after dinner a breeze, but they’re far from indestructible. While it’s tempting to toss all of your food waste into the disposal, some items can damage your system, keeping it from lasting as long as it should. If you want to extend the life of your garbage disposal, avoid running these things through its blades.

  • Coffee Grounds: While they look like they’ll easily go down the disposal, they end up creating a sludge-like layer in your system, gumming up the machine.
  • Chicken Bones: More often than not, bones will just bounce around on the disposal blades. If they do make it through the system, they probably won’t make it all the way through your drain pipe; prevent clogged drains by tossing bones in the trashcan.
  • Avocado Pits: Avocado pits are incredibly hard and tend to bounce on the garbage disposal blades. They’re hard enough that they can damage the blades if they do make it down further into the disposal. Play it safe and simply toss them out or put them in the compost heap.
  • Oil and Grease: Your parents probably told you not to put grease down the drain because it clogs pipes. Well, the same is true for your garbage disposal. When grease cools, it typically becomes a solid and over time, this can trap other food particles, building up a massive clog in your drain.
  • Fibrous Veggies: Veggies like celery, corn husks, and asparagus break into thin fibers when they go down the disposal. These fibers often get wrapped around the motor, causing problems with the disposal itself in addition to clogging your drain.

When using your garbage disposal, stick to the general rule of “when in doubt, throw it out.” This will keep your disposal working for years to come. If you do experience a clogged drain in your kitchen, contact your local plumbers at Dipple Plumbing Inc. We’ll help you keep your drains clear!