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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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What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

We often forget what a wonderful invention the garbage disposal is, able to safely and effectively deal with food waste that we’d otherwise have to get rid of ourselves. In Gilbert AZ, garbage disposal systems have become an integral part of most people’s homes, and with proper maintenance, they should last you a good long time. But you need to know what kind of things will go down the disposal and what kinds of things won’t. Put the wrong foodstuff down there, and you could find yourself saddled with a very expensive repair bill.

Here’s a quick list of what not to put down your garbage disposal.

  • Bones and seeds. Chicken, pork and beef bones are too tough to be chewed up by the disposal, as are peach pits and similar fruit seeds. They’ll get caught in the mechanism, damaging the blades and possibly overloading the motor in the process.
  • Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can get caught in your garbage disposal’s trap, clogging it and requiring professional efforts to remove.
  • Grease and oil. These are perhaps the most troublesome things to put down your garbage disposal because they’re so often in liquid form when you do. But they can turn solid very quickly – clogging your pipes and drains in the process – and can prove very stubborn to remove.
  • Potato peels and similar fibrous vegetables. This includes carrots, asparagus, artichokes, corn husks and celery. They can clog the drains as well as jamming the mechanism that grinds them down.
  • Pasta and rice. This may seem like an odd selection, since paste and rice can be easily broken up. However, they both also expand in water, meaning that they can clog your drain.

The good news is that you can compost most items that shouldn’t go in your garbage disposal, since they’re organic and will decay naturally. Knowing what not to put down your garbage disposal can’t protect you from the occasional accident, however. When trouble arises, call upon the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We offer plumbing services to the Gilbert area and can resolve any garbage disposal problems before they cause more permanent damage. Contact us to set up an appointment today.

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Plumbing FAQ: Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Monday, February 4th, 2013

No plumbing problem should be considered too minor to merit enlisting the help of a professional plumber in Phoenix. Even seemingly minor problems can lead to or be indicative of larger, more serious issues. Clogged drains are one of those problems that many homeowners in Phoenix seem to think they have to live with. This is not, nor should it be, the case. If you have frequently clogged drains, call the plumbing experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can get to the root of your clogged drain problems to help resolve the situation completely and effectively. Contact us today for more information on drain cleaning in Phoenix.

There are a number of reasons that your drains may become clogged. One of the most common that we see happens in the bathroom. When we shave into our bathroom sinks or shower and wash our hair in the bathtub we all too often allow our whiskers or shed hair to be flushed down the drain. Well, the hair does not always make it that far. Before long enough hair can accumulate to begin trapping other debris such as dirt, toothpaste and so on. Soon enough you have a clogged drain on your hands. Make sure to clean your hair out of your drains after shaving and showering.

Another common cause of clogged drains happens in the kitchen. Kitchen sinks get a lot of use, and it is tempting to allow small scraps to just wash down the drain or to just throw everything into the garbage disposal. Even with a garbage disposal, though, there is plenty of opportunity for food waste to clog your drains. Fibrous foods such as celery or corn husks and hard items such as bones should never go down the garbage disposal. Make sure that you never pour hot grease or fat down you drain. It is only liquid as long as it is hot. Once it cools down it will congeal and can trap other items, leading to a clog.

Do not let clogged drains make your home less convenient. Contact The Sunny Plumber to have your drains professionally cleaned. There is no better way to ensure the reliable function of the plumbing system in your Phoenix home.

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