We are happy to fix your plumbing system at any time of year. Still, during the holiday season, no one wants to call a plumber for a major sewer and drainage issue. Unfortunately, this is our busiest time of year, when plumbing systems see added usage and develop clogs a lot faster.
One way to prevent a holiday plumbing disruption is to make sure you know how to use the garbage disposal properly (and everyone else using your kitchen does too).
These Items Can Stop the Motor
Here’s something you should picture each time you use the garbage disposal for a tough job. The impellers that spin around are not actually sharp, as you may imagine. It’s the force of the impellers that is able to break down food. As a general rule, your disposal unit could not break down anything you could not chew with your teeth.
That’s why you should throw these items out with the trash:
- Hard Food Items (popcorn kernels and meat bones)
- Stringy Foods (corn husks and onion skins wrap around the impellers)
- Trash (like plastic or paper, no matter how small it may be)
These Items Clog Up the Drains
Some items may be easily broken up by the garbage disposal and still cause damage to the drains. This includes pasta and rice, which are known as expandable foods. When they come into contact with water, they expand and blog up the drains.
Another common source of drain clogs is coffee grounds. They can cake onto the lining of the pipes, and are commonly found during routine drain cleaning jobs.
Fats, Oils, and Grease Are More Harmful than You Think
These are all substances that seem harmless to pour down the drains. But cooking oil and grease are more harmful than they look. When they start to cool down, these items can solidify, sticking to the inside of the drain pipes. Throughout the lining of the pipes, you may have greasy residue that attracts additional debris, and this is a quick way to cause a major clog. Use a separate container for fats, oils, and grease, and throw them out!
Too Much of Anything Can Lead to Trouble
Attempting to feed too many food scraps through the garbage disposal at once can cause a lot of trouble. If you are trying to get rid of a lot of food at once, consider using the garbage can. At the very least, break it up into little pieces first.
Call VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for garbage disposal and drain services from friendly plumbers in Minnetonka, MN.