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Your Garbage Disposal is Not the Solution to These Types of Clogs

Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 11:00 am

The garbage disposal is a fantastic appliance. It makes cooking a lot easier and more efficient, and also helps to keep your kitchen clean during food prep. You’re able to easily clean as you go, and washing dishes after dinner is simplified too.

So when your kitchen sink drain develops a clog, you probably find yourself wondering if your garbage disposal is broken. Oftentimes, your garbage disposal is not to blame. It’s also not the solution to certain clogs, as it just cannot adequately handle everything you might put down your drain. Keep reading to learn more.

Are You Putting These Down Your Garbage Disposal?

If you’re having problems with clogs, it may be that you aren’t using your garbage disposal correctly. In general, you should avoid putting the following items down your kitchen drain, as they can create clogs and other damage:

  • Hard foods, such as meat bones, shells, and popcorn kernels.
  • Stringy, fibrous foods such as celery or onion skins—both of which can jam the disposal motor.
  • Uncooked pasta and rice, which can clog drains when they expand in water.
  • Coffee grounds, as they build up quickly in drains.
  • FOG (Fats, Oil, and Grease) as it cools and solidifies in the drains.

The best thing to do if you need to dispose of any of the above mentioned items is throw it away in the trash can. But what happens if you forget, or if something accidentally gets put down the drain that causes a clog?

In this case, you’ll need professional drain cleaning services from the expert plumbers on our staff. Anything that cannot be resolved on your own with a plunger necessitates a call to our professionals, who have specialized tools and training to relieve any type of drain clog.

For expert drain cleaning services in Tumwater, WA, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today.

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