In this article we will go over common garbage disposal problems and tips for taking care of your home’s garbage disposal. If you are having issues with yours and you need professional assistance from Katy plumbers then consider getting in touch with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and our professional and courteous Katy plumbers will take care of the problem for you promptly.
Garbage Disposal Problems
One of the most common problems that can arise with garbage disposals is when they fail to turn on. If the disposal is not emanating a humming sound then usually it is going to be an electrical issue. First thing you should do is make sure it is plugged in. Next, have a look at the bottom of the disposal and find the reset button. If the button is popped out then you will need to push it back in. If this does not fix the problem then go inspect the breaker to see if it has tripped. Finally, if none of the above resolves the issue then you may want to get in touch with a company such as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and schedule an appoint for one of our professional and courteous Katy plumbers to come inspect the disposal and narrow down what is wrong with it.
Sometimes food can get stuck in the garbage disposal and this is can be quite common, especially when it is a fibrous type of food like celery, artichoke leaves, banana peels, potato skins, cornhusks and the like. Additionally, you should never pour fat or grease down your garbage disposal or your kitchen drain for that matter. Animal bones can also damage the blades in a garbage disposal and you should never drop these into your system ever. However, if you find yourself with a garbage disposal clog due to something then follow the guidelines below.
First, turn off the circuit breaker for the disposal. Next, never put fingers in the garbage disposal. After you are certain the power supply is off use a pair of long tongs or a small grip it type tool made for small places (usually available in hardware stores) to remove the material. Tongs won’t fit into every drain, and the small grip it with its claw type grasper will fit into many drains. The use of a flashlight may be helpful in locating the offending material. Once you have removed all the materials use your tool to test the blades to ensure they are able to move freely. If so, run hot water through the drain.
Next, turn the power back on to the garbage disposal, turn cold water on and run the disposal for a second. If there appears to still be a blockage then call a plumbing company like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg so one of our professional Katy plumbers can help.
Tips for Disposal Care
- Remember, when running the disposal run plenty of COLD water to flush away food waste. Use a medium to strong stream and turn it on before starting the disposal. Allow it to continue running for 15-20 seconds after you shut the disposal off to ensure waste is flushed away. Hot water down the drain is fine any other time but use only COLD water when the disposal is actually in use.
- Garbage disposal cleaners of various brands are available to prevent odors. Check with your disposals manufacturer to make sure the product is approved for use.
- Have your kitchen drain line snaked every two years by a licensed professional. This is good advice with or without a disposal and will help to prevent a clogged drain from occurring.
- Keep acceptable peels and vegetable material separate while cutting and then feed it slowly into the disposal while running cold water. Don’t fill it up with material and then turn it on.
- Occasionally grind up peels from lemons and oranges for a fresh scent when garbage disposal odor is a problem. It helps to remove unsightly and odor causing buildup as well!
- Never use harsh drain cleaning products as they are potentially hazardous to you, and can damage the disposal gaskets and plumbing. If you have used strong drain cleaners and have called a plumber be sure to inform the plumber so he can protect himself as well as your property.