Food You Should Never Pour Down the Drain

These Are The Foods (And Other Common Food Items) You Should Never Pour Down The Drain
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If you are lucky enough to have one, you can imagine garbage collection as your flushing aid. It's hard for you to crush and dispose of the food you had no room for (or that the picky eaters have rearranged on their plates in your life). And while you are diligent, there are some foods and other things that your disposal just can not digest, and you should make sure that you never run into the drain.

That's why we asked installers to shed some light on what food and other food products that get into our sinks should never run down the drain.

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There is a possibility that you have heard rumors that eggshells are good for disposal as they help to sharpen the blades. Not true! First of all, the eggshell membrane layers can wrap around the shredder ring, affecting disposal, explains Doyle James, President of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighborly company. James explains that the sand-like texture of ground egg shells is a disaster for your pipes and can cause blockages. How to sharpen your blades? From time to time a few ice cubes can do the trick!

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Common, green and will break your machine, asparagus should definitely stay out of your garbage collection, says James. This is because it is a fibrous vegetable and the threads can wrap around the disposal blades, he explains. In the worst case, the engine of your garbage collection can be damaged. It's best to throw uneaten asparagus in the trash instead of pushing it into the sink.

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Celery is the wingman of your buffalo wings; the buddy to your Bloody Mary. But as with asparagus, celery cords can wrap around disposal blades and cause problems according to James. Corn husks, artichokes and carrots are also notorious for causing the same problems as celery and asparagus.

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Did you know that plumbers call the day after Thanksgiving a "Brown Friday" because of all the installation calls they receive? The fat from the sauce may be responsible for these SOS calls. Fat, whether from the pan you fried your bacon or from the pan you made ground beef, should never run into the drain, says James. Fat can be in liquid form while it's hot, but if you put it in the drain, James says, it can turn into a fat ball. It can also accumulate on the walls of your drain. Ick! A better strategy is to put it in an old tin or glass, like a jar of spaghetti sauce, and throw it in the bin, he says. Professional tip: Lemon pieces in the drain can act like a natural degreaser, says James.

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Items like peach pits and apple pits are too hard and can damage your dumps, warns Eric Lavoie, a senior plumber at Reliance Holmes. Over time, hard objects such as pits and cores can reduce the efficiency of your blades, and they can also get into the piping system and cause blockages. And Lavoie says it's possible that you'll need to replace your pipes.

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Coffee grounds are a breeze, so your garbage disposal can no longer grind them. However, if they get into your device, they can fall under the shredder and over time form a mud that clogs your drain, James says. We're not sure who should hear that, but you probably should not consume any coffee grounds, as this can increase your cholesterol, according to experts from the University of California, Berkeley. Your best bet? Throw this coffee grounds or compost them.

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Non-food items such as cable ties, rubber bands and toothpicks are known to sneak down the drain and into the trash. However, this type of debris can blunt your blade, interfere with your disposal, or cause blockages, says Keith Dees, owner of Smart Choice Plumbing in Fremont, California.

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If you have a little extra flour on the counter during baking, it may be tempting to just brush it in your sink and wash it off. However, once the water comes in contact with flour, it forms a pasty substance that can clog up your drain immediately. It can also act as a trap by absorbing other food particles and thus aggravating the problem.

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Pasta seems innocent enough, right? However, once it goes down the drain and is splashed with water, it can expand. If you throw enough pasta into the drain, it can cause clogging, says Lavoie. Also, you have double problems if you have greasy noodles that have come down the drain, like Pasta Bolognese. Think twice before sending noodles or streaks into the drain.

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Just like pasta, rice can expand when in contact with water, Lavoie explains. It can form a thick paste that clogs the drain.

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Chia seeds are great for weight loss and are a solid supplement to your overnight oats. They are not that good for garbage disposal. If you've ever added chia seeds to your yogurt or smoothie, you've probably noticed that they are expanding. They do the same thing in garbage disposal and do the same thing as noodles and rice.

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Sure, you would not throw a rib bone in the trash and expect the device to have a vanishing effect on it. But, James says, sometimes people think it's okay to throw small fish or chicken bones in the trash. But if you do, they will whirl around in your garbage disposal unit until they slip past the blades and eventually cause constipation, he says.

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Fresh plants and flowers can be a fun way to revitalize and brighten your kitchen. But if you cut off your plants or pruning your flowers, it's best to throw the waste in the trash or compost it. They are too hard for your waste disposal.

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Produce stickers that you find on bananas, apples and other fruits and vegetables and that are a notorious nemesis of your garbage disposal. They can adhere to the inside of the tube walls or blades and prevent these parts from grinding food, experts at Fantastic Services say. Look for stickers, price tags, and other sticky labels in your products and make sure none of them come down the drain.

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If you have a nuisance clog, call a plumber instead of throwing harsh chemicals like removing drainage clogs. Because the products are so tough, they can damage your piping. In addition, they endanger the environment and pollute the waterways, says Lavoie.

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