Even though it may not seem as such—your garbage disposal is delicate. That’s why we here at Bryco Plumbing are taking you through a comprehensive course on garbage disposals. First off, you can’t use your garbage disposal as your kitchen trash, even if the name seems to warrant such use. Your garbage disposal cannot handle miscellaneous wrappers or incompatible foods—it will breakdown and you will end up with a sink full of wastewater and system that needs replacing.
Apart from keeping all non-food items out of your kitchen sink, you must refrain from rinsing these foods down your drain:

Bones From Poultry, Meat, and Fish

Your garbage disposal is a network of blades, that rotates to chop and breakdown food particles coming down your sink. So, if you can’t cut something with a knife, your disposal can’t make it pipe-friendly either. Hence, bones should not be placed, or shoved, down your garbage disposal system.

Larger bones, from meat and chicken, can actually cause irreparable damage to your disposal, as bones can become lodged between its blades, causing the motor to overwork and breakdown. Your system will die trying to get the blades moving again. If this happens, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber to replace your garbage disposal.

In respect to fish bones, although they are small, they can still wreak havoc on your pipes. These tiny bones can make their way down your sink, tangle together, and catch subsequent food coming down your pipes. Clogs will form and you’ll find yourself with a compromised drain, dialing Bryco Plumbing for drain cleaning.
It’s best to dispose of all food bones in your kitchen trash.

Coffee Grounds

If you brew your own coffee, you know that when the water runs through the filter holding your ground coffee beans, they become one solidified mass. The same applies when coffee grounds are rinsed down your sink—they become clogs in your piping. If you notice slow drainage or pooling water in your sink, contact a professional plumber to remove your coffee-ground-clog.

Fibrous Vegetables

Have leftover vegetables that are going bad? Don’t brush them down your drain! Fibrous vegetables become stringy when they are shredded. Celery, corn, asparagus, and other like-vegetables should all be thrown into your kitchen trash can, as their stringy nature is an ideal recipe for cooking up a blockage. Tumble-weed-like clogs will form and you’ll be facing a drain debacle.


When nuts are pulverized and spun, they form a paste. Just think about peanut butter! It is created by simultaneous spinning and chopping; and, your garbage disposal does exactly that. So, when nuts make their way down your disposal, a thick, sticky substance is created, that clings to all passing items in your pipes. A large clog will form, and you’ll need to have your drains cleared to prevent backflow and insufficient draining.


That leftover dressed salad needs to be thrown—you’ve guessed it—into your trash. Oils coat the inside of your pipes and are extremely hard to remove. Your plumbing will begin to latch onto food particles coming down your sink thereafter, as the oil becomes sticky.


When it comes to leftover pasta, overcooked rice, and the crust on your kid’s PB&J’s—these all need to be kept out of your garbage disposal. All starches expand when wet, so when they make their way down your pipes, they constantly grow until they’ve clogged your plumbing. Refrain from rinsing unfinished complex carbohydrates down your disposal.

For professional drain cleaning and garbage disposal repairs and replacements, contact Bryco Plumbing at (818) 805-0883. We are available 24/7 for any emergent cases.