Garbage disposals seem like hardy, near-invincible systems, and homeowners tend to treat them as such. However, your garbage disposal can have its lifespan severely shortened by certain common practices, which you may be frequently and unknowingly engaging in. If you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible, there are certain things that you avoid exposing it to. Read on to find out more about how to make your garbage disposal last.


FOG stands for Fat, Oils and Grease. These are all common materials used in cooking, and are often poured down the drain when they’re done being used. The problem is that these materials coagulate as they cool, becoming viscous and sticky. FOG tends to stick to the walls of the garbage disposal, as well as the impellers. This can prevent the system from operating properly. FOG also restricts the flow of water through the drain pipe to the sewer line, which is another reason to avoid pouring it down the drain.

Hard Materials

The impellers in the garbage disposal tend not to be sharp, and often dispose of waste by simply bashing it into smaller and smaller pieces. The problem with that is that the impellers themselves can only take so much before breaking. Super hard materials like bones, fruit pits, and ice can easily cause parts of the impellers to break off during operation. This won’t cause the entire system to break down, but you will need to replace the broken impeller every time it happens. In order to avoid having to replace a major part of the garbage disposal on a regular basis, just avoid putting those materials in the system in the first place.

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