Garbage disposal repair and installation are common plumbing repairs. At Advocate Master Plumbing we’re happy to offer garbage disposal services to our friends and neighbors. There are many different brands of garbage disposals. And there are also many different garbage disposal problems. We’ve dealt with them all and want to guide you through some of the questions we’re often asked about garbage disposal repair and installation.
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- How does a garbage disposal work?
- What can you put down a garbage disposal?
- Why does my garbage disposal smell?
- Why is my garbage disposal leaking?
- Why does my garbage disposal just hum?
- Nothing happens when I turn on my garbage disposal.
- What kind of garbage disposal should I get?
Most people think a garbage disposal works like a blender. But it’s kind of the opposite of a blender. Inside the garbage disposal there is a spinning plate with lugs that throw the food against the sides of the disposer grinder chamber. The sides of the garbage disposal grinder chamber have fixed blades. As the food is thrown over and over again against these blades by the spinning plate and lugs it’s broken down. Once the food waste is broken down into small enough pieces it is washed through a small drain opening in the garbage disposal into your kitchen drains.
What can you put down a garbage disposal?
This is a standard garbage disposal question. At Advocate Master Plumbing we prefer to tell our customers that if it can go in the garbage put it in the garbage. Your disposer may not get clogged but the drain pipes will eventually. A drain pipe is still just an empty pipe on a grade of about a quarter inch per foot. It can easily get clogged over time. If you must use them use plenty of COLD water during each use.
What you can put down a garbage disposal
This is a short list of the things you can put down a garbage disposal. Remember to run lots of cold water before, during and after running the garbage disposal.
- Meat scraps
- Vegetable scraps
- Fruit scraps
- Food preparation waste
- Avoid putting too much in at a time & use cold water every time.
What not to put in a garbage disposal
This is a list of items you shouldn’t put down the garbage disposal. If you’re stuck with an excess of liquid waste you can always freeze it and throw it away on garbage day.
- Egg shells
- Coffee grounds
- Stringy vegetables
- Non food items
If you eat and do not clean your teeth your breath will be funky. Garbage disposals get morning breath too. They get food stuck in their blades that need to be washed out. And bacteria can grow inside the garbage disposal. So learn how to clean out a garbage disposal and then disinfect them. A common way to clean a garbage disposal is run ice through it. This will dislodge the stuck food particles in your garbage disposals grinder chamber. Then put half of a quartered lemon, peel and all, inside the garbage disposer and run it for about 10 seconds without water. Then let it set overnight. The citric acid will break down the leftover particles and help kill the bacterial growth inside your garbage disposal. There are many ways to stop your garbage disposal from smelling.
A leaking garbage disposal can be caused by a few things. Sometimes your garbage disposer collar is either incorrectly installed or the seal under the garbage disposal collar flange needs to be resealed. A leaking garbage disposal can be due to the disposer vibrating loose from the mounting collar. A leaking garbage disposal drain pipe is very common. But the most common culprit is drain cleaner or a bad garbage disposal jam damages the bearing seal between the disposer grinder chamber and the motor housing. Once the bearing seal has been compromised you’ll need to install a new garbage disposal.
If your garbage disposal just hums when you turn it on it could mean a couple of things. Either you have a jammed garbage disposal or you have a seized garbage disposal motor. This is when it’s best to know how to repair a stuck garbage disposal. Otherwise, I would highly recommend you call your local plumber at Advocate Master Plumbing for a garbage disposal service.
If nothing happens when you turn on your garbage disposal there are a few things that could mean. If you have a stuck garbage disposal it will attempt to run until it overheats. This will trip the disposal overload switch that stops the motor. You could also have a burned up garbage disposer motor. But always check that the dedicated circuit breaker for the garbage disposer hasn’t tripped or that the electrical outlet is working. Then call Advocated Master Plumbing for professional garbage disposal service.
Choosing a garbage disposal is dependent upon a few things. But Insinkerator garbage disposers are generally considered the brand of choice. The demand on the garbage disposer is certainly a factor. But you have to also consider how long you’ll be living in your home. Is it worth upgrading to the pricier optioned garbage disposers? Are your drains low enough for that larger garbage disposal unit. Can your drains handle the amount of garbage disposer waste a larger unit would put out? Can your pocket-book? Let your friends and neighbors at Advocate Master Plumbing advise you.
DIY or hire a plumber for garbage disposal repair and replacement
There are many garbage disposal repair and installations that a homeowner can do. But it depends on your diy plumbing skills. If you want to attempt a garbage disposal replacement or service be careful. Just remember that the skilled local plumbers at Advocate Master Plumbing install and repair garbage disposals every day. Besides your time is valuable. You’re good at your job. Let us be good at ours.