Keep Your Plumbing Safe During Stone Crab Season

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Keep Your Plumbing Safe During Stone Crab Season

Accidently put crab shells down the garbage disposal?  If so, Billy the Sunshine Plumber can repair any damage.

Fans of stone crabs are celebrating! The State and Wildlife Commission has opened stone crab season. The first day was Oct. 15, according to, and closing date is May 1.

Delicious, yes! But, homeowners need to be careful of disposing of any debris without harming garbage disposals, sinks, or pipes,

“Garbage disposals work hard to make our lives easier. If you’re lucky enough to have one, you know the satisfaction that comes with disposing of food scraps with the flip of a switch. But sadly we often treat our garbage disposal like a garbage can…which can lead to major plumbing problems down the road,” says.

Although it can be hard to accept, the garbage disposal is not indestructible; it’s simply not built to grind up exceptionally hard items. Bones are one of the hardest naturally-occurring substances out there, and they can significantly shorten the lifespan of your disposal. Don’t panic if you accidentally drop a small fish or chicken bone down the drain—a garbage disposal can handle that. But anything larger than that will simply spin around your disposal, and damage its grinding mechanisms. … Similar to bones, nuts and shells (including seafood shells) can be very damaging to your garbage disposal.”

Of course, sometimes mistakes happen and a bone or shell falls into the disposal, causing damage. If that happens, it’s time to call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

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