You have a garbage disposal. So, you should be able to send all your leftover food down the drain. Right? Wrong. If you're sending everything through the garbage disposal, you could be asking for some serious drain problems. Here are just some of the items that should never go through the disposal or the drains.
The grease at the bottom of the pan is liquidy right now. However, once you pour it down the drain, it's going to cool down and become a thick mess. No matter how much hot water you flush down the drain, you're still going to have a certain amount of grease that's stuck to the sides.Avoid drain problems by keeping the grease out of your sink. Wait for the grease to cool down and then wipe it out of the pan with a paper towel and throw it away.
You might have read that coffee grounds can help clean your drains. Unfortunately, that's not true, especially if your drain pipes are coated with grease. When coffee grounds mix with grease, you end up with a sticky mess that clogs your drains like a thick pudding.
Eggshells should never be sent through your garbage disposal. Not only do the small particles get stuck in your drains, they also get stuck under your garbage disposal blades. Once they're stuck under your garbage disposal, the blades will bind up and your disposal won't work properly. Avoid the headaches by throwing your eggshells in the trash or tossing them in a compost heap.
You probably don't think anything of draining your pasta into the sink. A few pieces of pasta fall out of the colander and you rinse them into the garbage disposal. You may be creating a clog that will be difficult to get rid of.
Those small pieces of pasta can get stuck on the sides of your drain pipes and build up until your drains are so clogged that you'll need a plumber to remove the mess. The next time pasta drops into the sink, scoop it out and toss it in the trash.
Potatoes contain high amounts of starch, which can get very sticky when it's wet. Those potato peels that you've sent through the garbage disposal can mix together to form a pasty glob that will get stuck in your drain pipes. Instead of disposing of those peels in your garbage disposal, toss them in a compost heap with your eggshells.
Clogged drains can become a real nuisance. Keep your drains clean and avoid costly repairs by keeping the items mentioned above out of your garbage disposal. To keep your drains flowing smoothly, you should have them professionally cleaned at least once a year.
For professional assistance, contact a company such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.
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