Protect your drain and sewer system by making sure everyone in the family knows what can and cannot go into your kitchen drains. Many people treat the kitchen garbage disposal as something that can process just about anything they feed into it. But that’s the reason we get so many calls for broken disposal units, and it’s often the source of major drain and sewer clogs.
Take a look at these 3 things we think that you should keep out of the drains at all costs. They may surprise you, but it’s worth it to know this information and have fully functional kitchen drains when you need them.
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)
When you are cooking with fats, oils, and grease, you may think that these substances are relatively harmless. But in your drains, they cool down and start to solidify in your drains. Deep in your sewer pipes, grease can stick to the lining of your pipes and form a major clog that backs sewage up into your home!
For the most part, you should avoid putting foods into the garbage disposal if you couldn’t chew them with your own teeth. But even some of the foods you eat, like celery and asparagus, may not be good for the disposal. Stringy foods or fibrous food scraps (like onion skins) can wrap around the disposal impellers, stopping up the system and jamming the motor. If you MUST put these down the drains, cut them up before using the disposal—but we recommend tossing them in the trash.
It’s a surprisingly common reason for drain and sewer clogs. Pasta is what’s known as an expandable food, meaning that when it’s in contact with water, it can expand in the pipes. This blockage may send sewage back up through the drains—and homeowners are always surprised to hear when their spaghetti was the culprit.
Call Evans Plumbing Inc for drain and sewer services in Ketchum, ID. We are your source for quality plumbing work from trustworthy people.