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Garbage Disposal | Plumbers Arlington, Texas

Garbage Disposal | Plumbers Arlington, Texas

Garbage Disposal | Plumbers Arlington, Texas

The holidays are especially hard on a garbage disposal, and drains, because even if you are dutiful and cautious about what goes into the disposal, well-meaning guests often are not. If you need garbage disposal services and/or drain cleaning, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to schedule service with our plumbers in Arlington, Texas.

Garbage Disposal | Plumbers Arlington, Texas

With the holidays approaching, now is the time to review what should not go into the disposal. Share it with friends and relatives to prevent a clogged drain during your busy holidays.

Fat, Oil and Grease

Never put any kind of oil or grease down your drain, including grease and fat that cooks out of meat from cooking. These liquids solidify in the pipes, sticking to the walls and leading to stubborn clogs in the drain and sewer pipe. Once a grease clog develops, hydro jetting is the only means of eliminating it, and providing grease free, clean drains or sewer pipe. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s expert plumbers in Arlington, Texas for effective drain cleaning.

For proper disposal, allow the fat, oil, or grease to cool, and place it in a jar with a screw on lid and dispose of in the trash. You can also check with local recycling centers who may take it for the manufacturing of biodiesel. 

Bones or Fruit Pits, and Seeds 

Bones of any type, regardless of how small should never go down the drain. Damage can occur to the blades of the disposal, and bone bits can clog the drain.


Onionskin, and the membrane between the layers of an onion (it looks similar to fascia) can stick to the blades and contribute to a clog in the drain. Place unused onion and its skin in the trash.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are harmful to drains where they can accumulate and contribute to a clogged drain. 

Poultry Skin and Fat

Poultry skin and fat stick to the disposal blades and can lead to a clog. In addition, as it decomposes in the drain, bacteria develop along with odor. Benjamin Franklin’s plumbers in Arlington, Texas can provide effective drain and sewer cleaning services. Place poultry skin in a plastic bag, tie it up, and dispose in the trash can to avoid it smelling the kitchen up as it spoils.

Fibrous Foods

Potato and carrot peels, asparagus, corn husks, celery, artichokes, lettuce, greens, and other fibrous foods can wrap around the garbage disposal blades causing a jam, and will produce a tough matrix based clog in the drain. When prepping fibrous foods use a bowl, and dispose of the trimmings in the trash.  

Egg Shells

The membrane on the inside of eggshells can wrap around garbage disposal blades and stick to the inside of pipes, while the shell can potentially clog the drain.

Shrimp Shells or Other Seafood Shells

Like onionskin, bits of shrimp shells will stick to the blades, and will clog a drain. Other seafood shells can cause damage to the blades and clog drains.

Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice will swell in water, and form a starchy paste that clogs drains.

Large Pieces and/or Large Quantity

Place everything you possibly can in the trash or compost. Cut the food into small pieces and grind one or two at a time. If you have a large amount, place it in the trash, and not the disposal. Overloading the disposal is a common cause of the need for disposal repair. Our plumbers in Arlington, Texas can provide the garbage disposal repair or installation you need. 

Non-Food Items

If it is not small bits of disposal safe food – do not put it in the disposal! Foam meat trays, plastic wrap, paper, cardboard, and other non-food materials belong in the trash or recycle box and not the garbage disposal!

Smelly Drains

Smelly drains are typically caused by decomposing food, and are likely to indicate the need for professional drain cleaning. Do not wait for a clog to occur, schedule service for your smelly drain from Benjamin Franklin’s plumbers in Arlington, Texas.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers professional garbage disposal repair and garbage disposal installation from our licensed, and experienced plumbers in Arlington, Texas. Our plumbers serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Give us a call for garbage disposal services.