What Not to Put in a Garbage Disposal

Overusing you garbage disposal is damaging your septic tank. Regularly running your garbage disposal with some soap and cold water will prevent rust and corrosion, but using your garbage disposal for the wrong things is doing more harm than good! If you dump all of your old leftovers down the sink, you could be disrupting the bacteria in your septic tank that allows it to function properly. Without the proper bacteria, your septic tank is unable to break down the waste that is pumped through it every day. 



Garbage disposals and septic tank systems work together to help your sinks run more smoothly. Some items that you're putting down your kitchen sink may be causing potential damage to your system. Here are some things you should avoid putting down your drain if you have a garbage disposal with a septic system. 

Avoid putting these items down your garbage disposal:

  • Potato peels
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit pits
  • Nuts
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Grease
  • Oil
  • Fat
  • & More


Refraining from putting some things in the garbage disposal will help your septic tank maintain its productivity and increase its lifespan! Next time you're cleaning out your fridge, think twice before you dump those leftovers down the sink. If you have questions regarding what you should and should not put down your kitchen sink garbage disposal, do some research and dispose of foods accordingly. If you think you may have put something down your drain that you shouldn't have, call ASAP Septic to receive professional help and protect your home from further damage.

Placing MOST of your food products in the trash rather than the disposal, will prove extremely beneficial to prolonging the life and promoting the health of your garbage disposal and septic tank. Call ASAP Septic in Boise today at (208) 991-7184 to have someone come look at your disposal and septic systems. 


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