Specific Thanksgiving Food Items You Shouldn’t Grind Up in Your Garbage Disposal

Can you believe that we are already into the holiday season? Did your kids make a haul on Halloween? As you prepare for Thanksgiving and your family gathering, it’s important to understand that even though the garbage disposal does a good job of grinding up food pieces, these pieces can clog your plumbing and septic system. Express Septic Services is available to service and repair your septic system, but there’s no point in damaging it unnecessarily. As such, you should avoid grinding up the following Thanksgiving foods in your garbage disposal.


It might be tempting to grind up the bones from your turkey, but this will not only damage the garbage disposal but clog your plumbing and septic system. Rather than allowing any of the bones to go down the drain, dispose of them in your garbage. To avoid critters getting into the garbage, put the bones in a plastic bag that does not have any holes in it and tie it tightly.

Plate Scraps

It’s also tempting to rinse the plate scraps down the drain as you clean up after the Thanksgiving feast. After all, you’ve been cooking nonstop and entertaining and you’re exhausted. Unfortunately, the plate scraps might not only include bones but also other food items that can clog your plumbing and septic systems. Rather than rinse the plate scraps down the drain, scrape them into the garbage. This not only protects your septic system but also saves water.


Another thing that can be tempting is to grind up the turkey skin and fat as you clean the turkey before you stuff it and cook it. You may also be tempted to flush the giblets down the drain if your family or pets do not eat them. Again, this is something that will cause problems with your household plumbing and septic system, so dispose of the skin and fat in the garbage by securing it in a solid plastic bag that will not release odors that attract critters.

Starchy Foods

Finally, starchy foods such as potatoes and rice and potato skins can clog your plumbing and septic system quicker than you can say plunger. Do not put your potato or sweet potato skins down the drain. Peel the potatoes and sweet potatoes into the trash so that you are disposing of the peels away from the garbage disposal. Starchy foods such as rice and pasta also clog your plumbing and septic systems.

If it has been at least a year since you have had your septic system serviced, call Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, today. We will inspect your system to make sure it’s okay for your Thanksgiving celebration.

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