As the temperature outside starts to drop, you may not be the only one feeling a little down. Your piping system is working hard to keep things flowing during the colder months, so it’s important to show it a little extra love.
As temperatures outside start to dip, your pipes work harder to keep things flowing smoothly. To give your piping system a helping hand, be mindful of what you put in your garbage disposal. Avoid putting these things down your disposal:
- Coffee grounds – They might smell great, but coffee grounds can clog up your disposal and pipes.
- Eggshells – Eggshells might seem soft, but they can actually angle pieces of eggshell and can dull or damage the blades on your disposal.
- Potato peels – Starchy foods like potato peels can turn into a glue-like substance when they come into contact with water. That substance can easily clog up your pipes.
- Fatty foods – Grease and oil can solidify in your pipes and create serious blockages.
Even though fatty foods can clog up your pipes, there is a right way to dispose of them. Letting hot grease or oil cool in your sink before disposing of it can actually make the problem worse by solidifying the grease and making it harder to clean out later. The best way to get rid of hot grease is to pour it into a heat-safe container and let it cool completely before putting it in the trash. Certain items, like coffee grounds, eggshells, and fruit peels, can cause clogs when they solidify in cooler temperatures. To avoid a messy situation, put these items in the trash instead of running them through your disposal.
You should also avoid putting grease or oil down the drain. When these liquids cool, they can solidify and clog your pipes. If you need to get rid of grease, pour it into an old coffee can and dispose of it in the trash.