Garbage Disposal Repair Service in Cincinnati
Garbage disposals are one of the most useful plumbing appliances in your home. When it comes to saving time, reducing waste, and simplifying your post-dinner kitchen cleanup process, garbage disposals are absolutely necessary. But when your garbage disposal malfunctions, it quickly becomes clear just how convenient garbage disposals are in everyday life and how much we take them for granted.
A breakdown can happen if non-food objects like silverware, sponges, or straws end up down the drain while the disposal is turned on. There’s usually no problem with grinding food waste, but clogs can happen because of the way that waste reacts to water in the drain line. Over time, the drain line and trap are coated with food waste, and, eventually, that build-up can obstruct the flow of water. Garbage disposal clogs usually happen in the trap which is on the waste discharge side of the disposal. The clog can have a foul odor and is definitely inconvenient. Trying to fix a clog yourself can be a little scary.
Turn to the experts you can trust at Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Our garbage disposal repair specialists will find the problem and recommend options to you. All of your questions will be answered so you can make an informed decision.
Symptoms of a Garbage Disposal Problem
- If the motor makes a humming noise but the waste is not being sent down the drain, it may be clogged.
- If the garbage disposal won’t grind but the motor makes a humming noise, it may be jammed.
- A pool of water underneath your sink may be from a leaky garbage disposal.
- If you flip the switch and your garbage disposal doesn’t make a sound, it probably overheated due to overfilling and has tripped itself off. See if resetting the GFCI outlet solves the problem.
Please note: Before trying a DIY fix, make sure the garbage disposal is turned off and the circuit breaker is shut off.
Proper maintenance for garbage disposals is crucial to preventing problems
The majority of garbage disposal problems are avoidable, and garbage disposal maintenance is pretty simple.
What you should do:
- Clean and deodorize your garbage disposal by pouring a little dish soap into it, turning on the cold water, and running it for about a minute.
- Regularly run your garbage disposal to help prevent rust and corrosion, prevent parts from freezing up, and prevent buildup from food waste.
- Turn your cold water on full strength when using your disposal. Cold water hardens food, making it easier for the garbage disposal to grind it up and push it out the drain pipe.
- Keep the disposal running a little longer. After your garbage disposal has finished grinding up the waste, keep it and the water running for a minute. This ensures that all the food has been flushed out the drain pipe to prevent clogs.
- Break up large food items into smaller pieces so the disposal is not overfilled which could cause it to overheat.
- Always use a drain strainer to help avoid blockages.
- Eliminate odors from your disposal by grinding up a small lemon peel with ice cubes while running water. Borax can be used to help eliminate odor-causing mold and mildew that is in your garbage disposal.
- Turn off the garbage disposal before you turn the water off.
What not to do:
- Never grind plastic, metal, glass, or paper products, or cigarette butts.
- Don’t use hot water when using your garbage disposal. Hot water works great for cleaning most things, but not your garbage disposal. Hot water can melt the food your disposal is trying to grind up, allowing the waste to cling to the sides.
- Do not grind fibrous foods like celery and onion skins. The fibers can wind around the blades causing the motor to jam, leading to a blocked drain.
- Don’t pour grease down the drain. It can build up on the blades and inside the drain causing difficulty grinding or a clogged drain.
- Avoid putting potato peels in the garbage disposal because the starches may stick the blades together.
- Do not put pasta or rice down the drain. They will absorb water and possibly clog the drain.
- Avoid grinding bones.
- Avoid putting coffee grounds down the drain. While they won’t damage your garbage disposal, they can build up in the drain and cause a clog.
- Do not use bleach or drain cleaners. They can damage the garbage disposal blades and your pipes.
Cincinnati Garbage Disposal Repair
Sometimes, if your garbage disposal won’t start, you can try resetting your GFI outlet and that’s all it needs. If it still doesn’t work after trying this trick, it’s important to have the unit professionally inspected before trying to use it again. You could burn up the motor if continue to use a broken garbage disposal. If your garbage disposal stops working correctly or starts making loud or unusual noises, get it checked out. Most disposal problems are minor and can be repaired quickly.
When you need service to repair your garbage disposal, our licensed plumbers are ready to find and fix the problem. Whether the fix is a repair or a new garbage disposal, we have fully-stocked trucks and the experience and training to get the job done in a timely manner.
Repair or Replace Your Garbage Disposal?
Loose or broken blades in your garbage disposal can be fixed with a simple repair. However, a larger issue like a motor that has burned out will require replacement. Sometimes a repair can be almost the same cost as a new disposal. With our upfront pricing, there won’t be any surprises. Our plumber will assess the situation and let you know all the options available to you so that you can make an informed decision.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to try unclogging your garbage disposal, the first thing you need to do is unplug the garbage disposal. You can then use a natural cleaner made from baking soda and vinegar, allowing it to fizz in the drain for a few minutes before washing it out.
Since there is no plumbing line for the dishwasher, it is connected to the garbage disposal pipes. If the disposal pipes are clogged, it can cause the dishwasher not to drain correctly.
It’s best to avoid putting: fibrous or stringy fruits and vegetables down your garbage disposal, potato peels, grease, egg shells, coffee grounds, animal bones, and nuts / shells.
You should first find out whether only the disposal is broken, or if the power has gone out completely in the areas near your kitchen sink. Try resetting the circuit breaker that leads to the kitchen, or replacing a fuse if you have an older electrical box. If the garbage disposal makes no noises at all when you flip the switch, you might also want to check under the sink to see that it’s plugged in.
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