Garbage disposals are pretty solid systems, and they can cope with a lot. That doesn’t mean that they’re invincible, though. There are plenty of things that can cause problems for garbage disposals, from broken impellers to full-on motor breakdowns. If you want to get the most out of your garbage disposal, you should know what can go into it and what should be thrown away. Let’s take a look at one of the most dangerous materials for your garbage disposal: F.O.G.
What is F.O.G.?
F.O.G. stands for “Fats, Oils, and Grease.” These three materials are often used in cooking, and are poured down the disposal in liquid form afterwards. The problem is that while F.O.G. is liquid during use, as it cools it congeals into a semi-solid gunk that sticks to the walls of the disposal. F.O.G.also tends to build up in the pipes further down the drain. F.O.G.build-up can gum up the impeller of the disposal, preventing it from moving as well as it should. It can also restrict the flow of water through the disposal and down the drain. Over time, ever-increasing F.O.G.buildup can cause all sorts of problems for both your disposal and your plumbing system in general. This is why you should never put it down the disposal.
Proper F.O.G. Disposal
Rather than pouring F.O.G.into your disposal after you’re done using it, you should throw it away. If you don’t want to have a pool of F.O.G.in the bottom of your garbage can at all times, we recommend freezing the F.O.G.first and then disposing of it. By doing this, you can improve both your garbage disposal’s efficiency and its lifespan.