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Thanksgiving Foods to Keep out of Your Garbage Disposal

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! We know that things can get busy as you prep your home and kitchen for the holiday. Between getting recipes together, grocery shopping, and inviting over family and friends, it can be easy to push the thought of plumbing to the back of your mind.

However, it’s important to keep a few things in mind as you prep for Thanksgiving dinner this year! With these tips, you can prevent plumbing problems and keep your garbage disposal working smoothly through the holidays.

Foods to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal:

  • Turkey Grease – Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without a turkey, but homeowners should be careful when cleaning greasy dishes! Grease is bad for any plumbing drain, but it can also harm your disposal. Although grease looks like a liquid when melted down, it hardens and causes clogs when it eventually cools. It’s best to throw away any leftover grease after cooking.
  • Turkey Bones – Bones are tough and can damage the disposal blades as they spin. You’ll want to be sure to avoid putting any bones down your garbage disposal.
  • Potato Peels – Potatoes (and other starchy vegetables) can thicken in your garbage disposal and cause the blades to stick.
  • Onion Skins – Fibrous vegetables like onions can jam your garbage disposal. This includes other stringy vegetables like celery, asparagus, and artichokes.

If you have trouble with your garbage disposal this year, we’re here to help! We offer 24/7 services to Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. Visit our website or call (412) 265-2662 to contact our professional plumbing technicians. We can help you keep your garbage disposal in good condition through the holiday season.