The garbage disposal is an environmentally responsible and useful tool to break down food waste. Many people are under the common misconception that the garbage disposal operates as a blender with small blades inside – however, there are actually no blades involved in the process! Instead, food is ground into tiny particles, which flow with running water through the pipes in your home to your septic system or the water treatment plant.
With the knowledge of how the system works in mind, it is easy to understand why you should never put anything inside your garbage disposal that cannot be ground into fine particles or completely dissolved. Doing so may lead to a costly repair or even replacing your unit entirely!
The garbage disposal is designed to handle soft and thoroughly chopped food waste. Avoid putting these things down your disposal to keep it working in top shape:
• Non-food items
• Egg shells
• Grease, oils and fats
• Fruit pits, seeds and cores
• Coffee grounds
• Pasta and rice
If you have put any of these items down the garbage disposal and are experiencing problems with the unit, it is best to seek the help of a professional to resolve the issue.
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