Don't Put Food Down the Sink | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Don't Put Food Down the Sink | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Disposing of food in the sink – or the garbage disposal – can cause plumbing blockages. Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help clear things up!

You’re headed to Homosassa this morning to see if you can find any early Christmas presents (and sample some good seafood) at the arts and crafts festival. When you’re finished exploring, you plan to come home and start baking. After all, it is the holiday season and part of the fun is having lots of homemade goodies on hand to share with family, friends and co-workers.

You’re not the only one who feels that way. A lot of people like to spend hours in the kitchen around this time of year, baking, frying and otherwise preparing lots of food. Of course, with food prep comes clean up. And many cooks dump food debris into the kitchen sink, garbage disposal, or even into the toilet.

But sinks, garbage disposals and toilets aren’t made to dispose of food scraps and other debris. That’s why plumbers get a lot of calls this time of year for blocked or clogged drains and plumbing.

“Over the holidays, many of us spend more time in our kitchens preparing tasty meals and treats for family and friends,” says. “It can be tempting to allow food scraps to go down the sink drain, but there are many types of foods that should NEVER go down your drain, even if you have a garbage disposal. Preventing these … foods from going down your drain may keep your celebration from being interrupted by a clogged drain.” offers a list of seven food items that should never be put down your drain or into your garbage disposal: oatmeal; fats and oils; pasta and rice; eggshells; string, fibrous vegetables; coffee grounds; and bones.

“Even the sharp blades of your garbage disposal can’t handle thick bones such as those that come from chicken, lamb, or beef,” says. “They are too hard and dense for the disposal to chew properly. They will just get stuck in the flywheel and can even cause the blades to break. These are best disposed of in the trash.”

Of course, sometimes you toss something without thinking about it. Or some other problem arises with your plumbing. If that happens, and you can’t solve the problem yourself, it’s time to call the trusted 24-hour plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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