Potato Peels in the Disposal? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Potato Peels in the Disposal? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Billy the Sunshine Plumber will helped if your garbage disposal gets clogged and gummy.

Your garbage disposal is clogged and you can’t fix it by yourself. You’re blaming the weather. The weather and Facebook. Because of the recent thunderstorms, you haven’t had a chance to go paddling so, instead, you decided to try some of those yummy-looking potato recipes you saw on Facebook.

The recipes worked great as far as eating is concerned. The problem is that you dumped the potato peels in the garbage disposal and now you have a gummy mess.

“Any object that expands or sticks to the drain can cause serious damage. The potato skins, when drained, turn into glue. Over time, those peels turn into starch that hardens and blocks your drain. This also applies to the garbage disposal. Some of the most common culprits of clogged garbage disposals are potato peels and you should not try disposing of them in the waste disposal,” houseandbeyond.org explains.

It adds, “Unlike the skins of carrots, apples, pears, and other starch-free foods, potato peels emit gummy starch that turns them into a paste similar to an excess of mashed potatoes when pulverized by the blades of a garbage disposal. This mass often sticks to the waste cut-off mechanism or clogs up in the auxiliary pipes, causing an obstacle. So, you shouldn’t put potato peels in the machine.

“Also, a garbage disposal cannot handle stringy or fibrous materials. Onion peels, scallions, chives, celery, and banana peels are not recommended for most garbage disposals as they wind around the blades and prevent them from turning and cutting.

“Avoid putting cooked stringy meat such as beef, pork, or chicken in the disposal. Disposals cannot grind bone, or cartilage, raw or cooked. Animal fats poured into garbage disposers solidify in the blades and pipes.”

If your garbage disposal does happen to clog and you can’t safely fix it by yourself, it’s time to call the trusted plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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