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Things You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Garbage Disposal


Garbage disposals seem like tough devices that can take anything you might be able to dish out (literally dish out!) and grind it down to fit into the wastewater system. But although garbage disposal manufacturers like InSinkErator make their products with durability uppermost in mind, these appliances are still susceptible to damage if the wrong items go down into them.

Advanced Home Services provides excellent garbage disposal repair for home plumbing in Rigby, ID. But we would also like to help you avoid unnecessary issues with the disposal that serves your kitchen. Here are a few items which you should not put down your garbage disposal:

  • Your hand: We hope this would be obvious, but just in case, never stick your hand down into the disposal in an attempt to dislodge something that has become stuck inside it. Call on a professional plumber to fix the problem instead.
  • Solid food waste: This covers such things as bones and un-popped popcorn kernels. A good rule of thumb to use when considering what food waste should or shouldn’t go into a garbage disposal is to never put any food product into one that your teeth can’t chew. If you teeth can’t handle it, the disposal can’t either.
  • Liquid fat, oil, and grease: These items are the general enemy of all kitchen drains, not exclusively the disposal. Although seemingly innocuous in liquid form, they solidify as they cool, and can jam up the mechanical parts of the disposal, leading to its motor burning out.
  • Rice and pasta: These items may seem surprising to people, since they look innocent enough as food items that a disposal could handle easily. However, both pasta and rice soak up water and enlarge; should they become caught inside a disposal, they can create major problems as they swell up.

If you take good care of your garbage disposal and keep these items out of it (most you can remove to a separate trash receptacle), it should take good care of you for many years.

However, some repair services will probably be inevitable. When you require repairs for your kitchen plumbing in Rigby, ID, you only need to give Advanced Home Services a call to have it remedied fast and accurately. We have 24-hour emergency service available for when those disposal repairs cannot wait.

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