Common Garbage Disposal Problems
A working garbage disposal saves time and effort in the kitchen. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear what should and shouldn’t go in them, which results in clogs or damage. Here are a few problems we commonly handle:
- Garbage disposal won’t run.
- Disposal makes noise but won’t work correctly.
- Disposal is leaking.
- An unpleasant odor has formed.
- Water won’t drain or is draining gradually through the disposal.
You should always run cool water into the disposal while it’s on since cold water solidifies any oil poured in, making it easier for the blades to break waste down. Garbage disposals must also be used regularly to avoid the formation of rust.
Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal is an easy fix if you can find the root cause. Any old or damaged parts should be replaced. Disposals may start to leak due to:
- Deterioration of the seals.
- Loose pipes.
- Damaged flanges or gaskets.
- Damage to the garbage disposal itself.
- Some disposals are hooked up into the dishwasher, allowing for self-cleaning. This connection can leak if it’s not securely fastened.
Most leaks can be fixed except when in the body or interior lining of the disposal. If this is your problem, you will need to get a new garbage disposal.
It can take a DIYer an entire afternoon to locate and complete this along with other simple repairs, so keep that in mind when considering calling a pro. Having an Expert technician like one from Strand Brothers Service Experts diagnose and repair your problem offers time to notice other components about to fail. You can resolve both issues right then and there.
Frequently Asked Questions
My garbage disposal smells bad. What do I do?
To eliminate the risk of your garbage disposal smelling, food scraps should be ground up right away with cold water. Thirty seconds is more than enough time. Avoid pouring coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they frequently cause drainage issues and unpleasant smells. Although bleach can seem like a good idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.
Our plumbing Experts advise using these cleaning solutions each week to keep your disposal smelling clean:
- Hot water and baking soda
- Hot water and dish soap
- Hot water and vinegar
You can also buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to help get rid of odors. If your garbage disposal still smells, you might be dealing with a leak (especially if the smell resembles a sewer). Contact us at 512-592-3072 for Expert plumbing service.
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