You’ll be hard pressed to meet anyone who doesn’t know what a garbage disposal is. Although most people know what a garbage disposal is, not many know how to use it properly.

In fact, poor use of your garbage disposal can lead to a wide variety of sewage problems in your Colorado Springs home.

To keep your garbage disposal working properly with no clogs or breaks, you need to know what is safe to put down it, and what you should avoid. Keep your garbage disposal running smoothly by following these food guidelines and maintenance tips.

Foods That You Can Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a great kitchen tool that uses the water from your kitchen sink, rotary blades and drainage pipes to allow you to get rid of food that would otherwise stink up your kitchen. 

However, you have to be selective on what kinds of food you put down your garbage disposal in order to avoid pricey drain and sewer problems down the road.

Moderation and size are key for most solid food you’ll put down your garbage disposal.

For example, small sections of citrus rinds or a small amount of coffee grounds can go down your disposal and will leave your drain smelling fresh. However, large amounts can collect in your pipes and create backups.

Other Food Allowed in Your Garbage Disposal:

  • Small meat scraps (cooked)
  • Small fish bones
  • Chopped up fruit
  • Most soft foods (think baby food texture)
  • All non-fibrous vegetables

Foods That You Can’t Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Clogged Garbage Disposal Colorado SpringsIf you think you can just toss your food waste down your garbage disposal and walk away, think again. An important part of garbage disposal and drain maintenance is knowing what not to use it for.

Important foods to avoid in your garbage disposal:

  • Egg shells
  • Potato peels
  • Nuts
  • Fruit pits
  • Bones 
  • Grease, oil or cooking fat can solidify as it goes through your drains and can cause a clog.
  • Pasta, rice, oatmeal, and other starchy foods – these foods expand when wet and can block up your drains. 
  • Pumpkin, celery, kale, artichokes, asparagus, and many other fibrous vegetables should not be disposed of in your garbage disposal as the stringy material can tangle up the inside of your unit and cause drain problems.

Tips for Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Unlike figuring out what you can and can’t put down your garbage disposal, garbage disposal maintenance is fairly simple. 

All you really need to do is run cold water while you’re using it and leave it running for 30 seconds after you’re done. This will help ensure that all food is washed down the drain and that none remains in your disposal.

For extra help, throw some ice cubes in along with your food waste and grind it up. The ice cubes will loosen food residue that is stuck to the blades and will help it go down easier.

If your garbage disposal starts to smell clean it with ice, baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice and dish soap. 

Drain Maintenance and Repairs in Colorado Springs

Accidents happen. 

No matter how hard we try, sometimes food scraps we don’t mean to get down our sink ends up there anyway. 

If you live in the Colorado Springs or surrounding areas and you’re having trouble with your garbage disposal, drains, or sewers Whitney Sewer & Drain Cleaning is here to help! 

Contact us today.