Plumbing Myths, Part Two

It is hard to tell where they originate, but there are a lot of plumbing myths that homeowners seem to cling onto. This is the second in a series of posts debunking some of the more common plumbing myths.

 

PLUMBING MYTH: IF YOU RUN THE WATER WHILE USING THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL, YOU CAN PUT ALMOST ANYTHING DOWN IT.

 

In reality, there are some things that just do not belong down a garbage disposal—even if the garbage disposal packaging itself says that it can handle it, and no matter how much water you run down the disposal. Just because it can handle it does not mean that it should have to.

 

Avoid putting hard food or thick food down the disposal. Things like banana peel, eggshells, and similar things can actually damage your garbage disposal. Instead, throw them in the trash can. If it is something that you worry about smelling up the kitchen, put them in a plastic bag and throw them into your outside trash can.

 

Another thing to be aware of is whether or not you have a septic tank. If you do, there are certain foods that will just build up in yout tank; the tank cannot break them down. Eggshells, carrot peels, apple peels and potato peels are examples of some of these things.

 

If you have any questions about how to maintain your disposal, or if you need it serviced, call us today!

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