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4 Items to Keep Out of Your Drains

The Plumbing Authority Heating & Cooling

If you can avoid letting these items slip down your drains, then you can avoid a lot of problems with your garbage disposal in the future!


This is a challenging one to comply with because you don’t have much control over when your hair is falling out, and you certainly can’t catch it every time it does. However, what you can do is place a drain stopper, like the TubShroom, in your shower drains and this device will catch all of the hair for you.

Allowing your hair to flow freely down the drain can cause a lot of problems for you in the long run. Hair is easily caught up in itself or in the drain and with anything else that may have slipped down and if you don’t catch a clog soon enough then before you know it you’ll be showering while standing in 5 inches of water.

Fibrous Foods

Fibrous foods include things like celery, corn husks, and asparagus. These cause a lot of problems with your garbage disposal because they separate and wrap around the blades and hammers in the disposal, which will cause clogs.

F.O.G. (fat, oil, grease)

Almost everyone knows to avoid tossing fats, oils, or grease into the garbage disposal, but some think that there are ways to avoid the repercussions. For instance, just because the grease is liquid when you pour it down the drain doesn’t mean it will stay that way. In fact, it will likely harden on the interior of your pipes and cause clogs or other problems in the future.

Bones and Pits

Whether you’re trying to toss out leftover bones from your summer barbecue or throw out the pits from those sweet peaches, neither of these should end up in your garbage disposal. If you’ve ever tried to cut through a bone or a pit you’ll know that it’s nearly impossible, so don’t expect the hammers of your garbage disposal to accomplish what you cannot. Your safest bet will be to throw these items in the trashcan where they can do no harm.

If you have recently encountered issues with your garbage disposal and require professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at The Plumbing Authority.

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