It's Bay Scallop Season, Watch for Shells | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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It's Bay Scallop Season, Watch for Shells | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

You should never put seafood shells down your garbage disposal. Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help if your garbage disposal needs repair or replacement.

Residents of Citrus and Hernando counties have several reasons to celebrate this holiday weekend. Not only is it July 4, but bay scallop season opened Thursday (July 1) in both counties. Bay scallop season will remain open until Sept. 24. Bay scallop season opens the third Friday in July and will remain open for 10 days, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The FWC offers this advice for those who go scalloping: “Please do not discard scallop shells in inshore waters commonly used for recreational activities such as the Homosassa River or Crystal River. Piles of discarded scallop shells can create hazards for swimmers and damage seagrass habitat. Scallop shells can be discarded in a trash receptacle or in larger bodies of water where they are more likely to disperse.”

The FWC should have added that folks should not put scallop shells or pieces of shells in their garbage disposals.

“Hard shells from seafood such as crab, lobster, shrimp and oysters are a common garbage disposal problem. Many of these shells are far too dense to grind up properly, while the ones that might slip through (like shrimp) have a chance to catch in the drain,” points out. “So skip the garbage disposal and drop the shells in the trash, preferably a small trash bag so that you can take it out of the kitchen immediately. There’s no point in having to clean the whole kitchen just to get rid of a bad smell!”

Of course, sometimes mistakes happen and some well-meaning person sticks something in a garbage disposal that should not be there. The result can be a clogged drain or a blocked or broken disposal. Many times a homeowner can get the clog to clear or the garbage disposal to start again. But other times, it’s best to call the trusted plumbing specialists at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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