One of the most underappreciated tools in our homes is the garbage disposal. We let a lot of things go down our kitchen drains, but we rarely think about our garbage disposal’s health — until there’s a problem! Clogged and broken garbage disposals are one of the most common kitchen plumbing repairs our team sees, so we can take care of yours quickly.
At Earl’s Plumbing, we set our standards high because that’s what you deserve. When your garbage disposal is out of service, your daily activities in the kitchen come to a screeching halt. We can bring the function back to your kitchen sink in no time. Whether you need a garbage disposal repair or a full replacement, we can handle it. Let the Frisco professionals provide you with great technical and customer service today!
Your garbage disposal can be easy to forget about — until it stops working. Then, you might wonder what caused it to break in the first place. Some disposal repairs can be avoided, and others just happen. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Many problems that occur with your garbage disposal are caused by items you put down the drain. While our disposals are designed to grind some of our food waste and carry it away, they aren’t prepared to handle any item you decide to throw down the drain. In fact, garbage disposal clogs are often caused by foods you might be surprised by:
When ground up by the garbage disposal, these items can form clogs and jams in both the plumbing and the garbage disposal itself. You might need a professional to clear out the blockage with special tools. You also don’t want to damage the blades of the disposal further by trying to clear the obstruction.
If your garbage disposal forms a leak, it can be a real mess. Leaks are usually caused by watertight seals moving or wearing out. The seals are meant to keep water and waste inside pipes, but they don’t last forever. Our plumbers know how to check each O-ring, gasket and seal for the leak. We make sure to reseal the area and stop the leaking substance. Since your garbage disposal can leak from the top, bottom and even into your dishwasher, you need a pro to find and fix this problem.
If your garbage disposal won’t turn on, it likely has an electrical problem. The reset button might have popped out, a plug could be loose, the circuit to the disposal could have been overloaded or the motor could be dead altogether. Our plumbers can help pinpoint the problem and recommend the best option for repair. If needed, an electrician might be recommended as well.
If your disposal starts making loud or strange noises, then you want to avoid damaging the system. The most frequent noise homeowners hear is a grinding sound. This is usually caused by an object stuck in the blades or another loose part of the system. It can be quite dangerous to deal with the sharp blades of a garbage disposal, so a professional is your best option.
Sometimes the food waste in your disposal can start to stink. The last thing you want is foul odors invading your kitchen! Luckily, this problem can usually be solved by a DIY solution. Baking soda, vinegar and hot water all partner to loosen and lift substances that are stuck in your disposal. If this tactic doesn’t work, you might need a plumber to take apart the system for deep cleaning.
While disposals can technically be installed by homeowners, the process still requires knowledge of your sink’s plumbing. Your water and food waste must run through the disposal and go on to join the rest of the plumbing flawlessly. You certainly don’t want to have a leak or other malfunction occur because you made a small mistake! That’s why Earl’s is more than happy to install garbage disposals quickly and accurately.
We can handle every aspect of the installation. From the drain flange and mounting ring to connecting the P-trap, we’ve got you covered! You’ll be able to rest easy knowing your garbage disposal is ready to perform when you need it to.
Here at Earl’s, all of our technical skills are matched by our customer service skills. We put our customers first because that’s what they deserve. If you’re ready for dependable garbage disposal services that are performed by leading experts in the industry, Earl’s Plumbing is Frisco’s best option. Give us a call today to speak to a customer service representative or to schedule a service!