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8 Things You Can’t Put in the Disposal

Water Running into a Sink with a Pot Scrubber Lying In ItIf indeed, your Allen rental home has a garbage disposal, you must realize that it is one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. Nevertheless, that doesn’t indicate that it can surely handle all types of “garbage.” Despite that most garbage disposals handle a lot of food scraps with ease, there are various items that you should never put in a garbage disposal. Doing so could only damage the disposal’s motor, blades, and more. To ward off expensive repairs and keep your garbage disposal working great, keep these items out of your kitchen sink.

  1. Coffee grounds. It might clearly appear that those coffee grounds would just slip right down your kitchen pipes, but in reality, they may build up in your pipes and create a nasty sludge. Even attempting to grind them up with the disposal won’t do your disposal blades any good, either.
  2.  Eggshells. Not all of us agree that eggshells should stay out of your garbage disposal, however, it’s true that they could give rise to great problems. The shell’s thin membrane can get stuck around your disposal’s blades and result in the whole thing breaking. It’s more ideal to easily toss your eggshells in the trash alternately.
  3. Fruit seeds and pits. Small, hard objects should never be put down your garbage disposal. Fruit seed and pits are included in this classification. If you can’t cut the seeds or pit with a knife, your garbage disposal won’t be able to grind it up, either.
  4. Popcorn kernels. Same with fruit seeds, popcorn kernels are too hard for your disposal blades to grind. Those kernels will get stuck in your disposal’s machinery and cause to the whole thing to seize up. Bringing them back out should be a serious nightmare, also.
  5. Bones and seafood shells. Very small bones and seafood shells should slip through the disposal without any difficulty, but big ones could really make a mess of your plumbing and your disposal unit. Most bones are too hard and dense for the disposal to break down. They will clog your pipes.
  6. Potato peels. It is appealing to simply wash your potato peels down the drain and let your disposal try to chew them up. But, remember, potato peels are full of starch, which will cause them to clump together in a thick paste that could surely clog your pipes. The same holds true for rice.
  7. Fibrous vegetables. Any type of vegetable that is stringy should be kept away from your garbage disposal. Celery, pumpkin, lettuce, artichokes, and asparagus can all get wrapped around your disposal’s blades. This would only create expensive plumbing repairs.
  8. Nuts. In a lot of similar ways, your garbage disposal blades are like a blender. No matter what you put down there will get ground up. When you grind nuts, the end product is nut butter, which is sticky and not at all good for your disposal or your pipes. It may stick to the walls of your pipes and the inside of your disposal, creating clogs and a whole other level of complexity.

Apart from these eight items, an ideal basic principle for preserving and keeping your garbage disposal working properly is if you wouldn’t dump it down the drain, don’t put it in the disposal. By seriously understanding what you shouldn’t put in a garbage disposal, you surely could avoid unnecessary maintenance calls and repairs. Your landlord will love you for it!

If in this instance you’re really looking for a rental home or just need assistance managing your Allen rental property, be our guest and contact Real Property Management Focus at 469-820-0088 to have a talk with a competent Allen property manager today!

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