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Garbage Disposals and Thanksgiving Don't Usually Mix

You probably rely on your garbage disposal when you’re cooking. When preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal, however, you’ll likely use it even more than usual. The last thing that you want to deal with on Turkey Day is a garbage disposal disaster in your Pasadena home, so follow these tips to help prevent any problems.

Have it Checked Out

If you have an older garbage disposal, if you’ve been having problems with your disposal or if you just want to make sure that there won’t be any problems, consider hiring a plumber to come out and check out your system. We can perform any necessary maintenance and can ensure that the system is in good shape before the big day.

Be Careful About What Goes in the Garbage Disposal

Don’t just dump anything in your garbage disposal. These are a few things that you should not put into your garbage disposal on Thanksgiving:

  • Potato Peelings – The starch from the potatoes creates a glue-like substance that can clog your garbage disposal.
  • Pasta and Rice – They expand and also form a pasty mess that can cause a clog.
  • Pumpkin “Guts” – Pumpkin innards are stringy. The strings of pumpkin “goo” can get wrapped around other things in the garbage disposal or pipes.
  • Bones – Bones can be very difficult for your garbage disposal to adequately grind up.
  • Grease – Grease can congeal in your pipes, even if you run the hot water when flushing it down the drain.

Don’t Overwork Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal will get quite the workout on Thanksgiving Day, but make sure that you don’t overwork it. It’s better to put items in the garbage disposal in smaller batches rather than cramming everything in there at once. This way you’ll give your garbage disposal the chance to grind everything up without getting too clogged.

Keep the Water Going

When you’re flushing things down your garbage disposal, keep the cold water running to help everything go down. Always use cold water, which helps keep the food “solidified” rather than melted or slippery. Also keep the water running for a few minutes after the fact to ensure that everything has gone through the pipes as it is supposed to.

Following these tips can help you keep the garbage disposal in your Pasadena home in good condition on Thanksgiving Day. Then, you can worry about what to do with all those leftovers…or maybe relatives…rather than dealing with a plumbing disaster.

Don’t get clogged up this Thanksgiving, call North Brothers Plumbing today at (626) 507-5155 for any plumbing issues.