Thanksgiving and Disposals

Posted on November 18, 2011 by rick

 

First, Happy Thanksgiving.  Many residents are cooking over the long weekend.  Some for the first time.  The most common emergency call during this weekend each year is for a blocked kitchen waste stack.  As a property manager I have come to expect these calls.  Too often the kitchen disposal is used as a waste basket with all foods being put down the sink.  We all know that celery is commonly the cause of such blockages. Excessive use is another. Please note that the word “disposal”  does not mean “all”.  Only incidental food should go down the sink.  The bulk of the food items should be placed in the trash or compost if possible.  By using the disposal sparingly one can prevent the calamity of blockage, flooding and emergency service costs over the long weekend.