The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Garbage Disposal’

3 Garbage Disposal Dos and Don’ts

Monday, August 10th, 2020

sunny-plumber-vanWe have a simple question for homeowners without garbage disposals: why? Why wouldn’t you take advantage of all that the garbage disposal has to offer? These appliances are affordable, they’re reliable, and they make things so much easier in the kitchen. What drawbacks are you trying to avoid here? Is it because you’ve heard a few horror stories related to garbage disposals in the past? If so, consider this: user error is likely to blame.

Garbage disposals in Phoenix make life easier, but only if you use yours right! It’s not a complicated process, fortunately. It’s just that some homeowners don’t bother reading instructions, take precautions with a grain of salt, or just don’t realize that their garbage disposals do have certain limitations. Today, we’re going to look at some of the ways in which you can guarantee disposal success.

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Your Garbage Disposal Has Certain Limitations

Monday, October 8th, 2018

logoDo you think a good garbage disposal means you can dump whatever you want down the sink drain? Think again! Even the best garbage disposals, and even those that are professionally installed by the experts here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix, have their limitations. Failure to understand these limitations and the misuse of your garbage disposal in Phoenix, AZ, could result in severe damages to the system and problems with the drains. That’s why we want to share these garbage disposal tips with you. 

When it comes to increasing convenience in the kitchen, the garbage disposal is one of the best tools for the job. When it comes to creating major inconveniences in the kitchen, the misuse of your garbage disposal is one of the best methods. You don’t want to create inconvenience, of course, which is why you do want to use your garbage disposal properly every time, every step of the way. Contact us with any questions.

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Plumbing FAQ: What Cannot Go Down the Disposal?

Monday, October 9th, 2017

mom-and-daughter-kitchen-sinkThere are certain components and fixtures that no plumbing system can really be called “complete” without. Your toilet, for instance, or a kitchen sink. Then there are other devices and appliances that are of a more optional variety. This is where the garbage disposal would fit. Sure, you may not need a garbage disposal incorporated into your plumbing system. Once you’ve used one, though, you may find it hard to imagine going back to life without its conveniences.

The garbage disposal in your plumbing system is hugely beneficial, but it also has its limitations. You really don’t want to push it beyond those limitations, as you could wind up damaging the garbage disposal. You may even wind up damaging it beyond repair. With that in mind, today we want to focus on what you should not be putting down your garbage disposal. If you have any questions or need garbage disposal services, always turn to a professional plumber in Gilbert, AZ.

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How to Get Your Garbage Disposal Ready for the Holidays

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The holiday season is here, and chances are you’re going to be doing at least a little bit more cooking in your kitchen than usual. That likely means more wear and tear on your garbage disposal, which means a greater opportunity for issues to develop. If you want to keep your garbage disposal in the best possible condition, there are a couple of things you can do over the next few weeks. Read on to find out what.

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The 3 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, July 4th, 2016

It’s pretty tempting, at times, to think of garbage disposals as these invincible machines of food waste destruction. However, garbage disposals are actually quite easy to break if you aren’t careful. If you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible, there are a few things you should avoid exposing it to. Let’s take a look at the top 3 things that you should never put down your garbage disposal, if you want it to live a full life.

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3 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Your garbage disposal is one of the best appliances around for making your time in the kitchen easier. Though you probably use it every day, when was the last time you gave a thought to keeping it healthy? Garbage disposals can develop problems just as easily as any other appliance, and some of those problems can shorten their lives. If you’d like to make sure that your garbage disposal lives as long and healthy a life as possible, read on.

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3 Common Myths about Garbage Disposals

Friday, March 20th, 2015

You probably use the garbage disposal in your kitchen multiple times a day and would have a hard time imagining what it would be like to clean-up after meals without it. The majority of homeowners around the country have the same experience as you, since garbage disposals are now accepted as a basic appliance in the modern kitchen.

And, like anything that grows widespread, the kitchen garbage disposal has also developed a number of myths surrounding it. The Internet hasn’t help to dispel any of them, and has probably propagated even more. We hope we can clear up a few of these misunderstandings and help you take better care of your kitchen’s disposal so that keeps it working for many years to come.

Whenever you require professional services for a garbage disposal in Mesa, AZ, or the installation of a new one, just give The Sunny Plumber a call and let us take care of it.

3 major garbage disposal myths

  • You can sharpen the blades with ice cubes: You may have heard that garbage disposals that are having trouble grinding down food should have their blades sharpened, which you can do by pouring ice cubes into the hopper and turning on the disposal. This doesn’t work, however, since there are no sharp “blades” in the disposal. The impellers that grind organic waste are blunt. Putting ice cubes into the disposal won’t do any good, and may even cause damage. If a disposal isn’t performing well, you should call for repairs.
  • You should always pour hot water down the disposal when it’s running: We understand the thought process here, since hot water dissolves grease. But when you run the disposal while hot water is pouring into it, you risk causing it to overheat. Use cold water when clearing out the disposal as much as possible.
  • Disposals can handle any food product: A garbage disposal is durable, but it is not invincible. A kitchen disposal is designed to grind down soft food particles; it cannot handle food waste such as bones, gristle, corn cobs, and un-popped popcorn kernels. If your teeth can’t chew it, than neither can the disposal, and you should instead place it in the trash.

No matter how cautious you are about using your garbage disposal, it may still break down at some point. Don’t risk trying to fix it yourself! Call for the professionals at The Sunny Plumber in Mesa, AZ for garbage disposal repair services. We are available 24/7 for your convenience.

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What’s Wrong With My Garbage Disposal?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Your garbage disposal is one of the unsung heroes of your household, safely and cleanly disposing of food waste without running the risk of clogging your plumbing. Garbage disposals are designed to run day in and day out without complaint, but like any other device, they can run into trouble from time to time. There are garbage disposal services in Mesa, AZ offered by qualified plumbing services, though it always helps if you the homeowner have at least a general idea of what’s going on. “What’s wrong with my garbage disposal?” you ask. Here’s a quick breakdown of some possible answers.

Many times, the trouble stems from an inappropriate object that’s placed down the disposal: something that it can’t break down and that grinds up against the gears as they turn. This can include tough biological material like chicken bones and peach pits, as well as non-biological items like utensils. Wedding rings and other forms of jewelry can be a serious problem too, and you should always remove them before doing the dishes or performing other operations around the sink. Similarly, avoid placing particularly tough foods down the garbage disposal. They won’t get broken down and indeed will often cause far more trouble than they’re worth.

Other times, the trouble can stem from more traditional sources. A clogged drain in the disposal will back up your sink, for example, while an overloaded motor will shut off the disposal and keep it from turning on again. Before calling in a repair service to treat any of these issues, look for a large red button on the bottom of the unit. That’s a reset button. Push it and see if that solves the problem. If it doesn’t, it’s time to summon assistance.

The good news is that garbage disposal issues can be resolved by plumbing services in Mesa, AZ such as the experts at The Sunny Plumber with courtesy and care. We usually know the answer to the question “what’s wrong with my garbage disposal?” and can get yours up and running with a minimum of fuss and effort. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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3 Common Problems Experienced by a Garbage Disposal

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Your garbage disposal is one of the unsung heroes of your household, efficiently getting rid of spare bits of food and similar organic detritus. We don’t usually think about it until it suffers from problems, but unfortunately, those problems need to be dealt with quickly or else it will clog up your entire sink. In towns like Apache Junction, garbage disposal repairs can be handled by most reputable plumbing companies. Here are 3 common problems experienced by a garbage disposal. If you spot them, you should call in a professional to get them addressed quickly and promptly.

3 Problems Experienced by a Garbage Disposal

  • No power. Garbage disposals require electrical power to run, and when that power gets interrupted, it won’t function. The disposal may also become overloaded by a power surge or similar issue, which will shut it off before it burns out. Most disposals have a red reset button on the bottom. Press it and see if that fixes the issue. If it doesn’t, the problem requires a trained plumber’s attention.
  • A jam. Certain items should never be placed in a garbage disposal, including chicken bones, peach pits, fibrous vegetable peelings from carrots and potatoes, and metal utensils. They can clog the mechanism and result in a jam. Never try to unclog a jam yourself: you can severely injure your fingers. A trained plumber can adjust the masher plate and safely unjam the mechanism before restoring power.
  • Leaks. Garbage disposals can sometimes spring leaks from breached hoses, loose fittings and faulty seals. A plumber can clear them up in much the same way he or she repairs leaky faucets: by replacing the faulty components and ensuring that the new seal is tight.

If you spot these or other common problems experienced by a garbage disposal, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber right away. Here in Apache Junction, garbage disposal repairs shouldn’t be left to amateurs. Otherwise, you may damage the mechanism and require the wholesale replacement of the disposal.

We have the skills and experience to do the job right and restore your disposal without causing any further damage. Contact us today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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Surprise: Here Are Food Items That Shouldn’t Go in the Disposal

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Your garbage disposal is an incredibly convenient piece of hardware, helping to prevent clogs by grinding down food particles until they can safely pass through your drain system. Garbage disposals are built to last, but if you put the wrong kind of food in them, they can run into problems very quickly. Garbage disposal repair can be performed by any number of qualified plumbing services in Tempe. But you can stop the problem before it starts by declining to place problematic food in the disposal to begin with. Avoid an unpleasant surprise: here are food items that shouldn’t go into the disposal.

  • Bones. Chicken and beef bones, fish bones and any other types of bones can’t be readily broken up by the disposal. Indeed, they can often jam the mechanism and even break the gears if left alone.
  • Fruits seeds. Similarly, fruit seeds such as peach pits can jam the mechanism and cause untold damage if placed in the garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat. Liquid oil, grease and hot fat can solidify in the drains, causing a clog. You can discard it by placing it in a disposable jar such as an old mayonnaise jar and sealing it before placing it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables. This can include potato peelings, celery, asparagus, artichokes and any vegetable with a fibrous content. They can wrap around the grinding blades and disrupt the disposal’s ability to function.
  • Rice and pasta. Though not inherently bad for the disposal, these foods will expand when they get wet, and possibly clog the disposal’s food trap over time.
  • Coffee grounds. Like a lot of other foods on this list, coffee grounds are tough to break down, and can cause increased friction between moving parts.

Food items that shouldn’t go in the disposal are fairly easy to spot once you understand the damage they can cause, and common sense prevention can avoid a lot of the problems associated with garbage disposals. For other issues, call on the Sunny Plumber to help. We serve homes throughout Tempe, garbage disposal problems can be readily corrected by our trained experts, and we’re dedicated to doing the job right the first time, every time. Give us a call today!

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