Garbage Disposal

The  garbage disposal may be one of the most misused appliances in any home. Few people realize that garbage disposals are only designed to handle light food residue that is rinsed from plates and cooking utensils before they go into the dishwasher. Consequently, that’s why so many of our plumbing service calls involve clogged kitchen sinks and garbage disposal service.
Large quantities of food and debris going into disposals can overwhelm the unit. As a result, clog the kitchen sink drain. Few things are more frustrating than a kitchen sink that won’t drain, but our plumbers are experts at Kitchen Drains. We’ll also repair or replace your broken disposal and get your sink back to normal in no time.

Do’s and Don’ts about your Garbage Disposal!

Take it from a plumber, use your disposal as little as possible. It’s not your actual disposal that you should be worried about, it’s the food that accumulates in your kitchen drain line that will ruin your day. Keep this in mind, most of the food that you put down your disposal actually stays in the line. It DOES NOT roll down the line and leave your house. It sits in the pipe and eventually composts into a jelly like sludge. Gross huh? Too much sludge turns into a clogged kitchen drain line. Further more, our best advice is to scrape plates into the trash can and rinse the rest into the sink.
**Be sure to run plenty of water while using the disposal**

Maintain your disposal by regularly grinding up pieces of lemon and ice cubes. Avoid odors by treating your disposal every month by mixing  baking soda with some vinegar. Pour the mixture into the disposal with the unit turned off. After the mixture is done foaming, rinse it down the drain with running water. As a result, you will have the freshest smelling sink ever.
Don’t pour grease or other fats down the disposal. Don’t put egg shells, any kind of fruit or vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grains, banana peels, carrots or celery into your disposal. In short, you will clog your drain line.
Never use chemical drain cleaners with a garbage disposal. These chemicals rarely work, leaving you with a sink full of toxic chemicals. Further, such chemicals often damage the garbage disposal and void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Should your disposal malfunction, give us a call. We can get you back into service within a few hours.
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Most Common Garbage Disposal Issues:

Electrical Problems:

Make sure the disposal is plugged in. This may seem obvious, but appliance customer service representatives report that failure to plug in the appliance is by far the most common source of problems. If it is plugged in, then press the reset button found on the bottom of the unit. This red button operates a built-in circuit breaker function, and if the reset button has “tripped,” it will be popped slightly outward. Simply pushing it back in will reset the unit.

Disposal Hums But Does Not Grind:

If the garbage disposal won’t turn on but the motor makes a humming sound when you flip the switch, it indicates that the inner flywheel is jammed. Usually, this causes the appliance’s reset button to pop or the circuit breaker to trip very quickly. This is not a situation you want to continue for very long, as it can burn out the disposer’s motor unless the reset button or circuit breaker shuts things off.

Disposal Leaking:

Garbage disposal leaks can occur from a number of places on a garbage disposer. Common areas include the sink flange where the disposal connects to the bottom of the sink, the hose that leads from the dishwasher to the disposal, and hose that discharges waste from the disposal to the drain system. In addition, leaks at the dishwasher connection. To clarify, this is the rubber hose that funnels waste water from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal is also a place where leaks frequently occur. Lastly, a leak at the Discharge Drainpipe. In other words, the plastic pipe that carries waste water from the disposal to the sink drain trap. Consequently, this fitting can leak when the gasket get old.
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