Common Garbage Disposal Problems and Solutions

A garbage disposal is a pretty simple appliance to have in the kitchen. When it comes to cleaning up, few homes will pass up a disposal. Eventually, however, your home’s garbage disposal may break down and require repairs. Most of these repairs can be handled on your own, while more troubling issues may need the help of a professional.

Problem: Food

We all tend to throw large chunks of food, coffee grounds, eggshells, and banana peels down the garbage disposal. Unfortunately, doing so often leads to a pretty serious clog. If you stuff such items down the disposal, the little pieces may stick to any sludge or buildup in the pipe.

Your best option here is to keep a garbage can close by for larger food items. Try to teach children not to stuff large objects down the disposal, too.

Problem: Lack of Water

The garbage disposal is connected to the plumbing system in your home. Basically, this means you’ll need running water to operate the system efficiently. If there isn’t enough water flow to handle the mess, the cut-up food won’t travel through the pipes to be disposed of.

To solve this issue, you’ll want to clean the system thoroughly – and your plumbing – regularly.

Problem: Leaks

Leaks are one of the most common garbage disposal problems. You’ll notice a leak by the puddle of murky water accumulating underneath the sink.

If this is the case, you’ll want to turn off the disposal, remove the disposal entirely, and replace the flange. The flange is typically where the leak occurs. If you’re uncomfortable breaking down the disposal, call for a professional technician immediately.

Contact Us

If you’re experiencing garbage disposal problems, contact Dutton Plumbing promptly for assistance. We’ll send a technician to your doorstep to handle the situation, ensuring your disposal is up and running in no time at all.