We’re halfway through the month of December and we wanted to spend some time addressing an often overlooked part of our kitchens. Garbage disposals are both really helpful but often problematic when not taken care of properly. Many people often toss just about anything down there to get rid of it at the moment but don’t realize they can only put so many things in there before clogging and damage begins to occur. In today’s blog, Metro-Flow Plumbing is going to take you through the do’s and don'ts of garbage disposals.
Before we begin, a brief history: the garbage disposal was invented in 1927 by John Hammes, an architect in Wisconsin but then again the credit could go to General Electric (GE) in 1935 depending who you ask. Hammes’s wife, who didn’t like the smell of food scraps in the garbage, inspired him to start working on an invention that would ultimately change all our lives. Behind every great man am I right ladies? Not always the loved appliance it is in modern kitchens, ordinances were once passed in various cities prohibiting the use of garbage disposals for the fear that they might be the cause of damaged plumbing in the long term. Garbage disposals were then put through rigorous inspection and they were finally given the go ahead over the years. Today more than 50% of all U.S. households have garbage disposals.
Now what foods can I throw down there you might be asking yourself. Here is a short list:
Absolute NOTs for Garbage Disposals
Absolute DOs for Garbage Disposals
On that note… well, how do we clean them?
Be sure to give your garbage disposal a good cleaning from time to time, we recommend a weekly (or monthly) cleaning depending on how often you cook.
We hope you enjoyed our garbage disposal filled post and it helps you to maintain your garbage disposal at home. As always check back with us for another entry and we hope you explore our Metro-Flow Plumbing site. Happy Holidays Dallas! The jolly big guy in red is right around the corner!