By Brett Martin

Treating the garbage disposal like a trash compactor:

Despite the name, not all garbage belongs in the disposals. Most garbage doesn’t, yet some homeowners want to cram their waste down there until the blades stop turning. Watermelon rinds, potato peels, and pumpkin carvings are common items that plumbers and handymen have had to remove to free the blades. “Say ‘garbage disposal’ and people think they can put anything in there,” says Tim Gaulke, a handyman and president of Northland Improvements in Shakopee, Minn.

Joseph Albergo, a professional plumber and an assistant to the executive director for the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland, said homeowners aren’t always the problem: If you’re having a house party, make sure your guests don’t dump everything down there.

Forgetting to remove the disposal plug

Another common mistake with garbage disposals happens with the installation. The install is straightforward and doesn’t require advanced plumbing skills, but if the unit is to be connected to a dishwasher, a knockout plug in the disposal must be removed first. If there’s no dishwasher, there’s no issue — the plug creates a seal. But if there is a dishwasher and the plug isn’t removed, then it’ll block the hole where the dishwasher hose connects, causing water to leak everywhere.

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