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Keep This BBQ Waste Out of Your Drains

It’s grilling season! BBQs are a great way to spend time with your family, but it’s also the time of year when we respond to a lot of calls for clogged drains. That’s no coincidence. For the sake of convenience, many grillmasters put all sorts of things down garbage disposals that end up causing problems later on. Barbeque foods are boney and starchy and they can do major damage to your plumbing system.

Keep reading to learn what you absolutely should not put in your disposal.

Corn Husks

When you remove corn husks from a particularly juicy ear, you'll probably notice the fibers that are left between the kernels. These fibers come from the husk and can wrap around the disposal blades, jamming up the works.


Your garbage disposal is not equipped to handle bones. If you're about to have some chicken wings or a juicy T-bone steak, you'll want to throw the bones that are left over after you finish your meal into the trash. Better yet, grind or cut up the leftover bones and throw them in your garden! They make good compost.


The Texas brisket came out sublime. Congratulations! Now for clean-up. Dispose of any scraps, bones, or excess fat from your meal--fat and grease will congeal as they cool and over time can form a stubborn clog in your drain.

Potato Peels

Potato skins are typically a fan favorite, but picky eaters may have different plans. If your dinner guests are leaving their baked potato skins behind, be sure to dispose of them in the trash. (The potato skins, not your guests.) Potato peels are starchy and may cause issues for your garbage disposal over time.

Bottom line: If you just didn’t know any better and you’ve been dumping these foods down your disposal all along, fret not. EJ Plumbing offers drain cleaning services in San Jose and the surrounding areas. Be sure to give us a call for all your plumbing needs at (650) 513-8852.