So many homeowners value the convenience of a garbage disposal as well as the simple fact that it is so critical to a clean kitchen. For many it is an indispensable appliance. However, the garbage disposal is more often than not the most misused and even mistreated appliance in the home. When you experience garbage disposal problems more than likely you experience problems with your kitchen sink as well. Common problems with garbage disposals can lead to clogs, odd, unpleasant odors in the kitchen and a whole lot of messy cleanup, all of which are no fun at all.
With that said, the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing want to help our many clients avoid such problems with their garbage disposal by scheduling routine maintenance as well as learning to recognize the warning signs well in advance. Hoping to contribute to less stress and headaches when it comes to the variety of garbage disposal problems you can encounter, we have put together this trusty little list to help fix your every problem.
- Jams – This is by far one of the most common problems that homeowners face with their garbage disposals. When a jam occurs, make certain you first turn the switch on and give a listen for the infamous annoying hum. This humming noise lets you know if something is caught between the shredding ring and the impellers. If you want to attempt to resolve the problem yourself, you can use an offset wrench. Insert it into the bottom of the garbage disposal, turn it clockwise and then counter clockwise. If this does not solve the problem, then we highly recommend you give a shout out to our team of expert plumbers to resolve the problem for you.
- Consistent Leaks – Yet another common problem is that of leaking. When this occurs, be certain to shut down your disposal if you are going to attempt to fix the problem yourself. Many times the top flange on the disposal is the culprit, but leaks can certainly be found elsewhere and typically require an experienced plumber to effectively resolve the issue.
- Constant Clogs – Clogs are very common garbage disposal problems in every household. Though they are avoidable, they often occur. The quickest and easiest way to resolve your clogging issue is by not allowing it to happen in the first place. To avoid clogs you should never toss oil, grease, excessive large chunks of food, corn husks, or even banana peels into the disposal. These items are sure to cause clogs over and over again. If clogs continue to occur excessively, it may be time to have your disposal and sink drains professionally cleaned.
- No Power – A lack of power to a garbage disposal can be quite a complicated issue. We suggest you first confirm that the plug has not come loose or unplugged. If all is well in this regard, then it’s time to check the circuit breaker in the home. Finally, if neither of these solutions resolve the power issue, then more than likely your switch or even the disposal itself has been damaged or become faulty. Again, this is where we come in. There is surely no problem too big or too small for our expert teams.
We fully understand the value of a garbage disposal to most households and want to be certain that our valued clients can identify the signs well in advance of any complicated garbage disposal problems. For this reason, we advise our clients to engage in routine cleanings and maintenance of their garbage disposals and perhaps routine cleaning of sink and disposal drains. If you are experiencing problems with your garbage disposal then don’t delay. Give a call out to the friendly and professional plumbers here at Steve Mull Plumbing and schedule your appointment today. We look forward to serving you and, without a doubt, we will have your disposal up and running in no time at all.