Garbage Disposal Repairs

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It’s hard enough to get all the dishes done after a home cooked meal, but when the garbage disposal stops working, life at home can get much more complicated. Basically, it’s time to start eating out every night. And since that can get expensive quickly, it’s time to fix the garbage disposal. It’s time to call Gwinnett Area Plumbers.

For more than 20 years, we’ve been helping husbands stay out of trouble by keeping the garbage disposal and other parts of your plumbing working well. We can give you a free phone consult to see if you need a professional plumber or if there are some things you can take care of yourself in order to save money.

DIY Garbage Disposal Repairs

Since we’ve been plumbers for most of our adult lives, we’ve heard a lot of different stories about do it yourself plumbing repairs. Many of the horror stories we’ve been told have to do with fixing the garbage disposal. For some reason, many people think repairing that part of their kitchen plumbing is easy enough to tackle on their own.

Unfortunately, while it is a straightforward task on paper, it can quickly become one of the most complicated kitchen plumbing repairs possible. Most people don’t realize how heavy a new (or old) garbage disposal is, and once that baby comes loose, it’s not easy to hold it up there while you bolt or unbolt it to the plumbing.

Of course, we’re biased, but we believe that unless you have experience installing a garbage disposal, it’s best to call a plumber. We’re happy to help.

What Goes Into The Garbage Disposal…

 Everyone has heard the story of someone dropping their wedding or engagement ring in the garbage disposal. That’s a fun retrieval for sure, but we’ve been amazed at some of the things we’ve seen go down the kitchen sink. Here’s a short list:

Kitchen utensils (makes sense)- knives, spoons, etc.

  • Pumpkin guts- really bad idea
  • Steak bones
  • Cell phones
  • TV remotes
  • Plastic utensils
  • Broken glass
  • Beer cans
  • Combs
  • Action Figures

Basically, if it can fit down the drain, it can be chewed up by your garbage disposal. Now, we’re not saying the disposal will survive what you put down there. We’re just saying we’ve seen a lot of different things go in.

Proper Garbage Disposal Care

While it’s fun to think of all the things we’ve seen go down the kitchen sink, it’s important, once your garbage disposal is working properly, to take proper care of it. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts around maintaining the life of your garbage disposal.

Garbage Disposal Do’s

  • Run your disposal regularly and keep it clean. Using it occasionally will prevent corrosion and other issues.
  • Clean it every so often. Pour some dish soap down there and run it with cold water for a minute.
  • Never run your garbage disposal with warm water when there is food waste down there. Cold water can help solidify and chop up any grease that may be down there.
  • Never put big food items down there. While it may sort of look like it, it’s not a wood chipper.
  • That being said, some people scrape their plates into the trash, but you can put things like egg shells and small fish bones down there.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts:

This is where a little common sense goes a long way. First and foremost, think of your garbage disposal as your friend only when it comes to getting rid of smaller biodegradable food products. Anything else can seriously damage the motor or the blades. If you every catch yourself wondering, “Should I put this in the garbage disposal?” the answer is always “NO!”

  • Never put anything plastic, metal or glass down there.
  • Never put any bacon grease (or any other type of grease) down the kitchen sink. This could seriously damage the grinding functionality and clog your drain.
  • Avoid putting any fibrous food products down there- celery, etc. That can damage the motor.
  • We suggest you avoid putting potato peels in your disposal. We’ve seen potatoes turn pasty and really gum things up.
  • No large animal bones.

About Gwinnett Area Plumbers

When it comes to fixing your garbage disposal or any of your plumbing problems, call a local plumber. That’s Gwinnett Area Plumbers. We’ve been in business more than 20 years. Here are some of the benefits of calling us for any plumbing problem:

  • Up-front pricing
  • Pricing by the job, not the hour
  • Emergency service anytime day or night
  • All work guaranteed
  • Licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Twenty years in business
  • Senior citizen discounts available find out more…

Call us whenever you need a plumber you can trust.

 Our Service Area

We have happy customers all around Gwinnett including Norcross, Snellville, Loganville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Duluth, Buford and more.