What Not To Put in a Garbage Disposal

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What Not To Put in a Garbage Disposal

I’m about to set off on a little storytelling adventure here but bear with me because I do have a point to make. I’ve heard from friends who live out west that professional cowboys call the Fourth of July holiday “Cowboy Christmas”. Do you know why that is? There are a lot of rodeos leading up to and after the holiday weekend. This includes some of the year’s largest rodeos with big prize money. This makes the Fourth of July a make or break time financially as cowboys and cowgirls scramble from one rodeo to another.

What exactly is the point?

Using the same philosophy, you could call the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend “Plumber Christmas”. Stop and think about it for a minute. It’s that time of the year when we allow ourselves to indulge. You know, lots of butter, oils, cream, and other fat-heavy foods. Sure, they are bad for our waistline, but you know what else they are bad for? The garbage disposal and drains in your Waterford, MI home. When all that fatty food waste ends up going down the drain, your pipes can suddenly stop draining. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the nation’s plumbers.

Be proactive not reactive

Rest assured, not all the damage is done in one day, but the holiday food waste can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. A clogged drain the night before, or even just hours before the big dinner could be a disaster. You can always count on Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for emergency plumbing services 24/7, but don’t let it come to that. Call us right now because we are experts in the field of drain cleaning in Waterford, MI, and all of Oakland County. If your drains are clean heading into the weekend your holiday should be smooth sailing.

Make sure you are disposal smart

Garbage disposals are another of those modern conveniences we all love, just as long as you remember they have limitations. They are not meant for, nor should they be used to dispose of all types of waste.


  • Most fruits & vegetables
  • Leftover food waste
  • Small bones
  • Uneaten fast food


  • Grease
  • Oil
  • Fats (this includes cream & gravy)
  • Large amounts of stringy fruits & veggies
  • Non-food items like paper towels or disposable wipes

Here to help

As much as I love our Kotz plumbers, they don’t need to get rich at your expense. They always have plenty of work to keep them busy without the added bonus of “Plumber Christmas” emergencies. Instead, call us now to make sure your home is prepared for the upcoming holiday weekend. For more great information year round be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.