A Pain In The Drain: Don't Throw These 3 Things Down Your Disposal
Do you treat your garbage disposal like it's a hungry pet, giving it all of your leftover dinner scraps? Do you dump the oil after cooking French fries in your sink or wash the bacon grease off your pan down your drain? If your answer is yes, then it's likely that you'll be calling a plumber sooner rather than later.
Don't Dump, It Can Create a Clump
If you're like many others, you probably believe that your garbage disposal is there so that you can dump everything and anything down your drain. Unfortunately, this is a misconception that can lead to hefty plumbing bills. That food you rinse down your drain and garbage disposal may disappear out of your sight, but that doesn't mean it has left your pipes. In fact, many very innocent-looking foods can build up over time in your pipes. The following foods are some of the worst at clogging drains:
Pasta and Rice
Most people are surprised to learn that something as small as rice grains can eventually lead to an expensive clog. But rice and pasta will swell when they come in contact with water. So if you don't use a lot of water to push them through your pipes, they will eventually form a thick paste that will clog your pipes. In some cases, this clog might take months or years to form. Other times, though, the blockage could form instantaneously. This type of clog can occur if you were to dump a large batch of pasta or rice down through your garbage disposal,
Dry Instant Mashed Potatoes
Have some uncooked instant mashed potato that you want to dispose of? The absolute worst thing you can do is pour them down your drain, especially with hot water. The instant mix will swell up into a mass of potatoes that will eventually harden into a thick, impervious paste.
When you cook hamburgers or bacon, you'll often end up with a thick layer of grease. It's important that you never wash that down your drains, even if it in a liquid state. This is another substance that can collect and harden in your pipes.
To avoid blockages in your pipes, your best bet is to scrape all of the leftover food and grease from your pots, pans and dishes into the trash, rather than try to dispose of them in your sink. It may be more work, but in the long run, this practice could prevent a nasty and expensive clog.