Thanksgiving and Your Garbage Disposal

double sinkThe fall is a lot of people’s favorite time of year. The leaves changing, the cozy sweaters, and the holidays are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of all the great things fall has to offer. Thanksgiving, a celebration of family and what we are grateful for, tends to top the list of fall favorites for a lot of people. Thanksgiving is a wonderful coming together of family and friends, and of course there is all the delicious food! What many don’t realize is that this large gathering with large amounts of food, while fun and enjoyable for you, can be your plumbing’s worst nightmare.

You may not immediately think about your garbage disposal’s role in your Thanksgiving festivities, but by the end of the night, it will have done a lot. Throughout the cooking process and the cleanup process, a lot of waste ends up going down the drain which can result in it getting clogged, jammed, entangled or paralyzed. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to prevent harming your plumbing this Thanksgiving.

The best and obvious thing to keep in mind is to make sure there is nothing in the sink that could fall into the disposal while you’re using it. Jewelry, silverware and other non-food items can easily fall into your disposal and cause a lot of issues. However, not all food items are safe to go down the disposal. Things like grease, oils, fats, fibrous vegetables like asparagus, starchy foods like potato skins, and absorbent foods like rice all can prove hazardous in your garbage disposal.

Keeping these things in mind could help avoid a plumbing disaster this holiday season. However, if you do find yourself in need of Illinois plumbing and heating services during the holidays, you can trust Armbrust Plumbing with your problem. Learn more at