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Tips to Prevent Garbage Disposal Clogs

When a garbage disposal becomes clogged and stops working there are generally two reasons for the obstruction. First, there is often insufficient water flow down the drain line causing it become filled with debris, creating an obstruction. Second, the material being put down the disposal is not able to effectively run through a disposal.

Four of the biggest culprits in disposals clogging are eggshells, coffee grounds, banana peels and potato peels. Grinding egg shells or coffee grounds creates a gritty debris that attaches to any buildup inside the drain pipe, quickly causing a clog. Being a starchy food, potato peels form a gooey build up that is difficult to rinse out. Banana peels are fibrous and create a stringy sludge that can become tangled in the disposal’s impeller.

Besides not putting the above food waste down the disposal, the key to preventing a clogged disposal is to run lots of water during and for 30 seconds after grinding. To keep the disposal clean we also recommend grinding 3 cups of ice cubes with a little dish water.

Need hep with your kitchen disposal? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we can unclog your drains quickly.

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