Garbage Disposal | Plumber Arlington
A garbage disposal is a kitchen appliance used to shred food waste into pieces small enough to pass through the drain. A continuous feed garbage disposal is the most common of the various types. Its operation allows food waste to be added as the disposal runs. Higher end and commercial garbage disposals feature an extra blade that provides a finer cut material, and a reversible motor that enables jams to be cleared from the disposal. For the professional installation, service or repair of a garbage disposal, schedule an appointment today with a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington, or Fort Worth.
Care of a Garbage Disposal
- Always ensure that you turn the cold water on before you turn the disposal on, and allow the water to run through use and for 20 seconds after shutting the disposal off. This ensures that food waste is thoroughly washed away. Do not use hot water when the disposal is in use. It can be used when the disposal is not in operation, but not during operation.
- There are numerous garbage disposal cleaners available to clean and prevent odors. Check your owner’s manual or with your disposals manufacturer for a list of approved cleaners. A freshly scented solution for garbage disposal odor is to grind up peels from lemons and/or oranges for a fresh citrus scent, and to help remove build-up.
- Having the kitchen drain cleaned every two years by a plumber in Arlington will help to prevent a clogged drain.
Garbage Disposal Tips
- Keep food waste separate while cutting, and when finished, feed it slowly into the disposal while running cold water. Filling it up with material and then starting the disposal will cause a jam to occur.
- Use a few ice cubes in the disposal to keep blades sharp, clean and remove grease build-up. Drop in a few and turn the unit on one to two times a month to help keep it clean. Alternately, freeze vinegar in an ice tray and use in place of ice. The vinegar will help to eliminate odor causing bacteria.
- Cut large food waste into smaller pieces and feed it to the disposal one piece at a time.
- Never use drain cleaning products or damage may occur to the disposal gaskets, as well as your plumbing. If you have used drain cleaners, be sure to inform the plumber in Arlington so he can protect himself from injury.
- Never place glass, paper, plastic or metal in the disposal. Damage is likely to occur to the disposal requiring repair or replacement of the disposal by a plumber in Arlington.
- Don’t pour fat, grease or oil into the disposal. These will cause build-up on the disposal and eventually clog drains. Dispose of in the trash.
- Don’t place fibrous material into the disposal, as the fibers will cause the disposal to jam and drains to clog. Fibrous foods are “stringy” foods; examples are artichokes, asparagus, banana peels, celery, corn husks or silks, onions skins, potato peels. Other items that may cause problems in the disposal are egg shells, drain clogging coffee grounds, pasta and rice to name a few. In addition fruit pits, seeds and bones can cause damage to the blades, place them in the trash rather than the disposal.
- Bleach, drain cleaners and other chemicals can cause the blades to corrode.
Garbage Disposal Problems
The disposal fails to start – Failing to start may be an electrical problem.
- Ensure the garbage disposal is plugged up.
- Check for a reset button, typically located on the bottom. If it is popped out, push it back in.
- If this doesn’t correct the problem, check for a tripped breaker in your homes electrical service panel.
If the garbage disposal won’t start after these steps are taken, it will require service from a qualified plumber in Arlington.
If you require garbage disposal repair, installation or service, call a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington. Thanks for visiting Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.