Servicing the Chicagoland Area & Suburbs | Emergency 24/7 Service
Call Today! 888-903-4070
Contact Us

What Not to Put in Garbage Disposal

While garbage disposals are an awesome little appliance that many of us rely on to save time and mess, they’re also one of the most often abused tools in your average home. And that goes double during the holiday season! Do you know what you can and cannot place in your disposal? If not, lend your ears (or eyes) to ABC while we discuss some important items that should never be placed in a disposal.

Got a clogged or damaged garbage disposal in your home? Contact ABC of Illinois today to get swift and cost-efficient plumbing repair!

Why Does It Matter?

Disposals are built to grind pretty much everything, right? Well, not actually. These appliances are particularly useful for saving on time while also helping out our environment. But, they’re not really capable of handling certain items on a regular basis. Many things homeowners routinely place in disposals can lead to serious damage, creating an unnecessary need for a plumbing repair call, or even premature disposal replacement.

What Can I Not Put in My Disposal This Holiday?

Most things are perfectly safe to dispose of using your favorite time-saver. However there are a few things that should never make their way into there—and some of them might surprise you!

  • Large amounts of grease or fat. While it makes sense that a fluid would be fine to put in your disposal, fat and grease should never actually go in your disposal (or drains, for that matter). The problem is that these leave behind a congealing residue that over time will develop into a considerable clog. Instead place grease in a coffee tin or tossable tupperware and take it out with the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables and fruits. Celery and banana peels are the biggest offenders, but potato skins and corn are also problematic. These materials tend to wrap around the blades of the disposal, which can quickly lead to the blades locking up. This can result in the motor overheating, and can even cause the blades to break!
  • Grainy materials. Coffee grounds, starchy products like corn starch, and similar grainy materials don’t tend to drain away completely. This leads to growing piles of mess and sludge that will not only stink up your home and ruin your holiday, but will also lead to some trouble with clogging.
  • Animal skins. Skins are a no-go for pretty much the same reasons as celery. They don’t tend to break down well. You can sort of circumvent the problem by dicing up skins first if you must, but we would still recommend a different solution.
  • Bones. After all you’ve just read, bones probably seem pretty obvious by this point. But it bears mentioning; and it especially bears mentioning right before the holidays, since you’ll soon have 3-5 lbs of turkey bones to get rid of. Consider reserving them for a soup broth or stock instead, and then toss ‘em in the trash!

Holiday Garbage Disposal Repair in Chicago with ABC

Got a gummed up garbage disposal or dealing with another plumbing issue in your home this holiday? Don’t stress out! Our emergency plumbing repair experts can have things flowing like normal in no time, so give us a call at 888-868-6667 or contact us online!

Read What Your
Neighbors Are Saying About ABC
  • “Tom was awesome! He is very personable and explains the whole process well. He did a great job and ensured that he used 5-star service throughout the process. I will definitely use ABC and Tom again in the future for electrical work.”

  • “Bill showed up on time to repair our broken air conditioner. ABC kept in touch throughout the day to let me know time he would be arriving too. Bill was professional, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We wound up signing up for monthly care package because Bill and ABC really made…”

  • “We were very pleased with the service performed by Brett Pack in performing the annual maintenance of our air conditioning unit. He noted it was low on refrigerant, which he then added after consulting with us. He also made sure we took advantage of all available discounts.”

  • “Tom did a super job fixing our electrical problem. He is one of the best electricians I have ever had in my home for repair work. I would highly recommend Tom and ABC Company if you need any type of electrical work. He took his time and explained everything and…”

  • “I am so impressed with Chris and ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling and Electric. His friendliness honest approach to his Job is remarkable. Thanks Chris for making my day and believing that they are still great honorable people out there.”

  • “Our AC was not working in the 90-degree summer heat. Josh identified that power was not going to the furnace blower. He identified that power was not going to the furnace breaker. His keen eye spotted that the wire leading into the breaker had frayed. He cut out the frayed…”

Read more

Our Guarantees

  • satisfaction guaranteed
  • customer service guarantee
  • "no surprises" guarantee
  • no-nonsense parts & labor warranty
  • See More +

Our AC Guarantees

  • equipment size guarantee
  • lifetime installation materials warranty
  • AC "level for life" warranty
  • the exclusive "no-lemon" guarantee
  • See More +
Our Promises to You
  • Convenient for You!

    We work on your

    Schedule today
  • Background Checks!

    We do drug tests and background
    checks before hiring.

    Learn More
  • No Need for Stress!

    Get ABC's worry-free guarantee
    at no cost.

    Get Started
  • No Surprises!

    Pricing is by the job, not
    the hour.

    Contact Us