No Egg Shells | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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No Egg Shells | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

If egg shells or other items have gummed up your garbage disposal, it’s time to call the garbage disposal experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

It’s that time of year when eggs are big news – from how to decorate them for the Easter holiday to egg hunts for the kids. Yes, the decorated eggs are pretty and they make great salads, deviled eggs and so on, but they are not good for your garbage disposal.

That’s right – counter intuitive as it might be – you should NOT put egg shells in your garbage disposal. Some people will tell you otherwise, saying that the shells or ice will help sharpen the blades of the garbage disposal, but that’s not so. explains: “Garbage disposals do not have blades. They have impellers that are not sharp, but blunt. So, putting ice or egg shells down the disposal to sharpen the blades will not do any good. In fact, egg shells are not recommended for the garbage disposal as the membrane can get wrapped around the impellers and cause damage.” adds, “Although a garbage disposal is durable, it is not indestructible. Disposals are designed to grind down soft food particles, not hard food waste like bones, corn cobs, fruit pits, and un-popped popcorn kernels. A good rule of thumb is if you have a hard time chewing it, your disposal will probably have a hard time grinding it. If you’re not sure about an item, it’s better to throw it in the trash.”

Of course, if you have been putting egg shells, ice and other items in your garbage disposal and now have a gummed up garbage disposal, it’s time to call a plumbing expert to get your garbage disposal started again.

You can find a garbage disposal pro at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.  Billy Sunshine has been in business for almost 100 years – he was founded in 1924 – and that’s a lot of clogged garbage disposals he’s repaired in that time. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365 in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. He never closes.

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