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The Proper Use Of A Garbage Disposal


You will not hear this from many other places, but we recommend that you do not use your Garbage Disposal unless absolutely necessary. Many very expensive problems can occur from not using or maintaining your Disposal properly. If you have a septic system, waste from a Garbage Disposal can also put an unnecessary load on your system. I use my Disposal as a trap for things that I do not catch before going down the drain. If I cannot convince you to stop using it, below is a list of things to avoid putting down your Disposal and tips on how to maintain it. Keeping your Disposal in good working order may prevent the need to call us for drain cleaning services.





  1. Grease or oil. You should avoid putting grease or oil down any drain. It will solidify and line the walls of your pipes. As it builds up, it will close off your drain lines and you will need to call us to clean them out. I know you need to wash your greasy pans – so when you do, wipe away as much grease as possible, then use cold water to wash them. Cold water will cause the grease to harden and travel down your drain in clumps. If you use hot water, the grease will liquify and coat your pipes when it cools.
  2. Vegetable Peels. The peels of vegetables that are high in starch can make a paste in your Disposal. And some peels, instead of being grinded up and sent down the drain, will just stick to the sides.
  3. Coffee Grounds. This is another item that likes to settle and line your pipes.
  4. Pits, Seeds, or Bones. These items have the ability to do damage to your Disposal.
  5. Rice & Pasta. Rice and Pasta are small, and they expand. Let’s keep small, expanding things out of your plumbing crevices, shall we?
  6. Stringy Vegetables. The strings can catch around the Disposal components and restrict its ability to turn. This will put a strain on the motor and could cause your Disposal to break.
  7. Garbage. Do not put anything down the Disposal that is not a biodegradable food.
  8. Large Quantities. Just like the veggie strings, large quantities of anything will put a strain on your components and motor.


  1. When using your Disposal, always run cold water. This helps to get all the bits out of the Disposal and into the drain.
  2. If you do not use your Disposal with any regularity, add it to your regular cleaning or maintenance schedule. It needs to be cleaned and ran periodically to avoid build-up, rusting and corrosion.