Is your garbage disposal ready for the holiday?

on Jun 25, 2018

Dealing with a clogged drain or clogged garbage disposal is the pain in the butt. Worse yet is dealing with a broken garbage disposal or flooding because of a clogged pipe. Our team at Elsmore Plumbing would love nothing more than to NOT get a call from you on July 4th. Even if you do call, we won’t be working, so make sure to leave a message or send us an email and we’ll get back to you the following day.

To help you prevent garbage disposal and drain disasters, we’re going to share with you the top foods to avoid putting in your garbage disposal as well as the top tip for helping to ensure its longevity and avoid a clogged sink.

Clogged garbage disposal in Rochester, MNThree of the worst foods you can put in your garbage disposal (avoid these at all costs) are:

  1. Egg shells – they form a sand-like consistency that compacts (can you say clog time?)
  2. Coffee grounds – coffee grounds turn into that sludge like paste that slows or stops the flow.
  3. Fats / grease – you’ve seen it cool and harden in the skillet… now, think about when happens in your drains.

Top tip: The goal is to put as little of these foods down your drains as possible. How do you do avoid the drains? When your plate is full, your first stop should be the trash can. Scrape your plate and rinse the remnants that remain. This will help you avoid a lot of headaches and dollars out the door over the long run.

Bonus tip: Always use cold water when rinsing the greasy remnants that remain after you scrape most of your plate off into the trash. By using cold water, you can help to ensure the greasy particles stick together in clumps and flow better through the pipes rather than hardening and compacting once they are inside your drains.

Other questions about your plumbing?

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For greater peace of mind, hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. Saving a couple hundred dollars isn’t worth exposing your home and family to the risk of a burst pipe or major leak, which can cost you thousands.