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The Dos and Don’ts of Your Garbage Disposal

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The Dos and Don’ts of Your Garbage Disposal - Doug Turner Plumbing Co.

Having a garbage disposal is great. There’s nothing like being able to dispose of your food waste without making your entire kitchen smell or having to constantly empty the trash can. Your garbage disposal is like a magic switch that can make your cooking as simple as possible. It’s going to grind away your food waste, help you out, and actually benefit your environment.

The one thing that you need to know is that there are some key guidelines when it comes to your garbage disposal. We want to help you get familiar with this today. We’re experts when it comes to your plumbing in Cinco Ranch, TX. It’s easy to get the service you need as long as you have one of our qualified professionals by your side. We’re prepared to be your shoulder to lean on. Let’s chat below…

The Don’ts 

Let’s start with what you shouldn’t do when it comes to your garbage disposal.


F.O.G. stands for fat, oil, and grease. Make sure you don’t pour any of this down the drain. It might go down as a liquid, but it will settle into a sludge and create the perfect environment for a clog to form.


Eggshells are the enemy of a healthy plumbing system. Don’t let something as simple as an eggshell get your garbage disposal in a bind.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are the cousin of F.O.G. Don’t let this make it down your drain and cause problems for your garbage disposal. 

Fibrous Foods

Fibrous foods like celery, corn husks, or potato skin can tangle around your garbage disposal and cause real issues.

Pits, Seeds, and Cores

Don’t let that peach pit fall down the drain. This is a terrible idea. Pits, seeds, core, and more will wear down the disposal and cause issues for you. Avoiding this entirely will help you stay out of trouble.

The Dos

Here are some tips that you can try to help your garbage disposal. 

Know Your Stuff

You’re already on your way to completing this first “do.” It’s essential that you know your stuff. Sometimes, you’re going to struggle with the systems in your home solely because of the information you’re lacking. It’s easy for ignorance to land you in a hard place. Imagine pouring coffee grounds down your kitchen sink for months forming a clog just because you didn’t know any better. Knowing what can and can’t go down your drain helps.

Get Professional Service

Professional service is one of the best things you can get for yourself. Professional service is essential for any HVAC service, but it’s especially important for plumbing. Plumbing services are convoluted and they need expertise. That’s why we make sure all the plumbers on our team are ready to work for you. Don’t try to sidestep the services you need. We’re here to provide the right help for your plumbing whenever you need it. We discourage DIY attempts and amateur work for good reason. Contact us when you’re ready for quality work.

Contact Doug Turner Plumbing CO. today to schedule an appointment with our team members. Services you can depend on!

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