Garbage disposals are little appliances that help out in big ways. Eliminating waste and maintaining clean kitchens can be substantially harder without an efficient disposal. It is important to keep them well maintained because of the tough work they do. If your garbage disposal stops working or is not running efficiently anymore, give Option One a call and we will gladly assist you identify the causes and also provide solutions for repair, maintenance, or possible replacement.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL TIPS
- Try to run the garbage disposal every other day with cold water to keep the blades from rusting.
- Clean your disposal every two weeks using rock salt and ice cubes as abrasives then mixing a cup of baking soda with a half cup of vinegar so remove odors and kill bacteria.
- Use plenty of cold water when using the disposal to ensure all of the waste particles are flushed out.
- Avoid using your disposal with fibrous or hard foods, only soft foods are preferable. Bones will damage the blades and fibers will tangle within the blades causing jams.
WHAT CAUSES PROBLEMS WITH MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL?
There is a wide variety of garbage disposal problems that we encounter every week. Here is a short list:
IT IS DANGEROUS TO PUT YOUR HAND INSIDE A DISPOSAL.
ALWAYS UNPLUG OR TURN POWER OFF WHEN WORKING ON A DISPOSAL.
Garbage disposal does not turn on
Try resetting the garbage disposal (reset button can be found at the bottom of the garbage disposal) and check your electrical service panel to see if a breaker has been tripped. Check GFI outlet and reset if needed. You can also check the wires for any loose connections. A switch replacement may be a solution if the garbage disposal is not triggering the motor.
Garbage disposal hums but does not grind
This usually is the result of the flywheel inside the disposal being jammed. Look for a foreign object such as a coin, plastic, twist tie or staple. Remove the item with pliers or a grasping tool. Your disposal may have a hex key jam clearing tool. Look for it under the sink or taped to the disposal. Check for a slot at the bottom of the disposer where the tool can be inserted and turned back and forth to clear the jam.
Garbage disposal is leaking
Leaks from your garbage disposal can occur in any area, from the sink flange, dishwasher hose, drainpipe, or bottom. To address these leaks look into cracked seals, worn gaskets, deteriorated putty, and loose hoses and bolts.
Garbage disposal is not draining properly
A sink full of water and waste can become a headache for many homeowners but there are ways to deal with a garbage disposal that has a clog. Like any other blockage, the disposal will need to be disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled. If the clog persists, then the problem lies further down the drain line.
While some of these problems can be solved with a simple reset, there are others that require a more in-depth troubleshooting. 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. Large quantities of food and debris going into disposers can overwhelm them and clog the kitchen sink drain. Call Option One, your local garbage disposal repair expert, for fair, prompt, and exceptional service.
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"I woke up to a flooded kitchen this morning. They came out quickly and were able to replace my garbage disposal. Did an amazing job. They were very kind and courteous, cleaned up after the job was completed. Rates were fair."
"We needed someone to come out ASAP to fix/replace our garbage disposal on a Sunday and we called Option One. Someone picked up the phone right away and got us on schedule for service on the same day. Shaun came out a couple of hours later and was awesome. Punctual, communicative, and effective. We’ll definitely be calling Option One back for future plumbing needs"
"Option One did a great job hooking back up our existing garbage disposal and drain for our kitchen sink. They were very responsive to my questions and on-time for both the estimate and work to be done. They even accommodated a last minute minor change with no increase in price! They were very professional in their work and left my kitchen clean when they were done! I highly recommend them for your plumbing needs!"
"Option One arrived on time and helped us install our garbage disposal. They even took the time to show us how to turn on and operate our gas fireplace that we were having trouble with! We will definitely be using this amazing company in the future!"
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