There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.
Having a garbage disposal can be a great asset in your kitchen, particularly if you have a large family or if you do a lot of cooking. However, if your disposal stops working, it can impact your kitchen pretty quickly. From a bad smell to the inability to use your sink, a broken garbage disposal can make your food prep area unusable. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot your disposal before having to call in a plumber.
Disposal Not Working At All
If your disposal isn't working at all, the fix may be as simple as pressing the reset button on the unit. The reset function may have been triggered at some point due to power problems in your home, or you may have bumped into it while searching under your sink for a sponge or towel. If pressing the reset button doesn't work, check your breaker box. You may be able to flip the breaker for your kitchen to get power flowing back to the disposal. If these fixes don't work, consider calling your professional plumber for assistance.
Smell Coming From Disposal
You may notice a strong odor coming from the disposal. This may be caused by the foods you have placed in the unit recently. You can nautrally deodorize the disposal by adding small slices of lemons, oranges or lime down the disposal and powering it on. The fragrant fruit can help to counteract the odors. You can also clean the unit by running baking soda and vinegar down the disposal. Flush it with warm water afterwards and let the baking soda freshen the disposal and pipes. If you aren't able to eliminate the odor, it may be time to call in a professional plumber.
Something Jammed in Disposal
In the event that something becomes stuck or jammed in your disposal, you may want to consider having your plumber clear the clog for you. If, however, you are up for a DIY challenge, you can remove the clog yourself. First, you'll want to make sure the power is off to the unit. Once the power is off, you can use a hex key to remove the cap on the bottom of the unit. After you remove the lid, you should be able to see the obstruction. You can use tongs to remove the blockage. In some cases, you may find that the clog is too large, and you may need to remove the disposal completely clear the clog.
Remember to only place approved items down your garbage disposal, and keep the number of a plumber handy in case you need extra help getting your garbage disposal running again.Share
22 November 2016