How to Prevent a Garbage Disposal Disaster on Thanksgiving
[Garbage disposals]1 are some of the most popular appliances in many kitchens, making the task of fixing meals and disposing of waste much easier.
However, many people fail to realize what garbage disposals are designed to do and subsequently put many items down the drain that can cause serious damage. To make sure you don’t have a garbage disposal disaster in your Montgomery home on Thanksgiving, here are some things to avoid.
Don’t Pour Grease or Oil Down the Disposal
One of the most common garbage disposal problems, pouring grease or oil down the drain can lead to plenty of headaches. If done over a period of time, the grease will begin to accumulate and eventually clog pipes and drains. In addition, it will also begin to accumulate in the disposal’s gears and motor, making it harder for the disposal to grind up foods. If this happens with your disposal, plan on calling a plumber on Thanksgiving Day to make repairs and present a hefty bill afterwards.
Avoid Fibrous Materials
People tend to think it’s fine to put any type of food down a disposal, but that’s not the case. Foods that are very fibrous, such as celery stalks, corn husks, onion skins, and others can get caught in the disposal’s blades.
When this happens, they can get tangled in the motors and gears, bringing the grinding to a screeching halt. Along with this, the material will also block and clog drains, creating even more problems.
Dispose in Moderation
When people are busy preparing a Thanksgiving meal, they tend to go overboard when it comes to putting garbage down their disposal. Many times, they decide it’s a good time to clean out their refrigerator and get rid of plenty of unwanted leftovers. Unfortunately, when they put all this food down the disposal at once, problems can result. Too much food in the disposal will result in much of it not getting ground up much if any, which can result in clogged drains.
This also puts too much strain on the disposal’s blades and motor, which can lead to broken blades and a motor that burns out from the stress. To avoid this, resist the urge to put anything and everything down the disposal of your Montgomery home at once. Instead, dispose of small amounts at a time, let the disposal grind it up, then repeat the process. By doing so, you’ll save yourself plenty of headaches on Thanksgiving.
Don’t get clogged up this Thanksgiving in your Montgomery, AL home, call Cole Plumbing today at (334) 279-8919.