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Be Nice to Your Garbage Disposal This Thanksgiving

Plumbers frequently prepare themselves for a number of emergency calls both on and immediately following Thanksgiving, many of which involve a garbage disposal. In fact, these two days are some of the busiest of the entire year for our industry.

Because pushing plate after plate of leftover food down the disposal can result in clogged drains or jammed motors, there are a few important extra steps you can take to prevent a call to a plumber for a repair to your sink and garbage disposal.


Many people will choose to save time and effort by simply shoving everything leftover on a plate down the garbage disposal, including some things that should never go down there in the first place. Here are some things to avoid putting through your garbage disposal at all costs:

  • Grease, oils, and fats: these foods can create a gummy film over every surface they stick to. This means they are hard to clean, increase the chances of a clog, and can leave foul, lingering odors.
  • Fibrous foods: Many vegetables tend to not want to chop up nicely, and the long fibers can potentially jam or freeze your spinning blades.
  • Starchy foods: Starches turn into a paste in water, but then re-solidify when they dry, which can freeze your spinning blade, requiring a repair.
  • Absorbent foods: Grains, like pasta, rice, and bread, expand when added to water, which increases their chances of causing a clog in your drain or in your disposal.


Even by avoiding these particular foods, your garbage disposal can still be damaged in other ways. For example, you may have a piece of silverware or jewelry that slippped into the disposal before turning it on. This can not only damage your disposal, but the metal itself may go flying out, which is extra dangerous.

When you have finished with your disposal, grinding up a few ice cubes can help clean it and prevent any stagnant food from causing odors in your kitchen.

If you experience a drain clog or garbage disposal problem this Thanksgiving, let the professional Tarrant County plumbers at Hildebrant’s Plumbing Repair help you. Our highly-trained and fully-insured technicians strive to provide each of our customers with quality repair work done efficiently and at a price that won’t break the bank.

To schedule an appointment or receive an estimate, call Hildebrant’s Plumbing Repair today at (817) 668-3665.