The kitchen sink sees so much food, usually more than it should. Our sinks are designed to help us wash the dishes, but we often use them to throw out some of the scraps that are left on the plate, food that found its way onto the counter, or pieces of food that we’ve cut up while preparing a meal. Though our garbage disposal is an amazing addition to the sink, it’s not as tough as we think. There are countless items that can damage your disposal and cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. 

For most of us, having to repair the garbage disposal is the last thing that we’d like to do. That’s why the team at Dash Drains, located in Beverly, is going to be covering a few of the food items that you want to avoid putting down the drain. 

Coffee Grounds

One of the items that people are surprised to hear can damage a garbage disposal are coffee grounds. Though coffee grounds are small, they are also one of the most common culprits of a clogged kitchen drain. While it may be easier to toss the grounds down the drain as you rinse the filter out, you’ll be glad that you threw them out in the trash instead. When grounds build up in the sink, or get stuck in things like grease and oil, they lead to a huge clog. And, more often than not, there’s quite a few of them that are going down the drain at any given time. To avoid this, toss them right from the get go!

Egg Shells

Another common item that often gets tossed in the kitchen drain are egg shells. Whether you’re making breakfast and tossing them in the sink as you scramble your eggs or you place them in there while you make a cake, the last thing that you want to do is let the shells make their way down the drain. The garbage disposal will break the shells up into tiny pieces that then get stuck into oils and grease, creating the perfect blockage in your kitchen drain.

Grease and Oils

Certain people are completely aware of the fact that they shouldn’t put grease and oils down the sink, but there are plenty of others that are completely surprised that this is the case. While grease and oil may seem totally fine to pour down the drain when they’re in liquid form, these two items solidify when they cool down. At this point, they start to catch any other items that make their way down the drain thus becoming an easy clog that is incredibly difficult to clear.

Stickers on Your Produce

The last item that we’re going to talk about in today’s blog is something that you would be surprised can clog your kitchen drain: the tiny stickers on your produce. For many of us, it’s easy to rip off the sticker and let it work its way down the drain as we rinse our produce off. Though it may be easy to let this happen, it can also create a huge clog in your kitchen drain. It’s the sticky adhesive on the back of the stickers that leads to them getting stuck on the inside of the pipes. Over time, this tiny sticker can lead to a tedious clog.

Call Dash Drains to Take Care of Your Clog

If you’ve accidentally (or purposely) found yourself putting the items that we’ve mentioned above down your kitchen sink, and you wind up with a clog, you can always count on the team at Dash Drains. We provide a variety of plumbing services to residents in the Beverly area. Contact us today to get your plumbing services scheduled!