Prevent a Jammed Garbage Disposal

Prevent a Jammed Garbage DisposalThanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year.  A somewhat lesser-known fact about Thanksgiving day is that it is also the eve of the busiest day of the year for residential plumbers, most commonly for a Jammed Garbage Disposal.

This unfavorable distinction is perhaps not the best way to think of Turkey-Day, but if you’ve ever had your dinner interrupted by a plumbing emergency, you know it’s wise not to let your guard down.

Thanksgiving is probably the only time of year that your kitchen really gets pushed to its limits, and this can often translate into serious abuse for your kitchen garbage disposal. This is especially the case if your visitors are well-intentioned enough to want to “help out” in the kitchen afterward. Potato peelings and coffee grounds are the most frequently identified culprits, but it’s really the sheer volume that really does the trick.

To help prevent a jammed garbage disposal follow these tips:

  • Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in trash.
  •  Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.
  •  Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don’t wait until it’s full to turn it on.
  •  Try to address any plumbing problems before the holiday and before guests arrive. However, in holiday emergencies, don’t hesitate to call 281.240.6868 for 24 hour emergency service.
  •  Use paper plates. Simply put, it will encourage your guests to throw away their plates when they’re done rather than marching into the kitchen to rinse them off and clogging up your disposal with uneaten leftovers.
  •  As always, know your limits. Often, minor plumbing problems turn into plumbing catastrophes if not handled properly.

How to Clean your Garbage Disposal

We encourage you to clean your disposal by pouring ice cubes into the system to clean the cutting blades. Simply place several cubes in the drain and grind. If you want to add a little bit of scent to the area, you can add rinds from any of the citrus fruits in the drain with the ice cubes. Lemons work Great!

If it’s already too late to prevent the jam: How to Fix a Jammed Garbage Disposal»