Garbage disposals have been an essential part of American kitchens since 1927.
However, most homeowners fail to realize that they’re not the same as garbage cans. You can’t drain or dump everything down a garbage disposal unit.
If you’re constantly pushing potato peels and grease down it, your garbage disposal will soon start needing costly repairs.
Here are some warning signs:
If your garbage disposal unit is giving off bad odors, you need to take immediate action. This means that the unit was unable to dispose of certain food leftovers and is facing drainage issues. Garbage disposals work by grinding and chopping food particles to the point that they are small enough to pass through the drainage pipes.
Ideally, any smell should go away after you run water through the disposal and clean it. If the smell is strong and lingers, though, you need to pay attention. In most cases, this happens if the disposal unit is old, and the blades in the grinding chamber have worn down. At this point, you will either have to get the grinding chamber repaired or replaced.
When a garbage disposal unit is running, it makes a certain amount of noise. However, this is not the same as the distinct grinding noise that indicates that something is wrong.
You’ll usually hear it when a hard object is stuck in the machine. The louder the sound, the higher the chances of something being majorly wrong with your disposal unit.
Your garbage disposal could also make strange noises if food or debris get stuck in the chamber. In this case, you can inspect the disposal unit yourself for a jam or blockage.
All you need to do is shut off the power source and access the grinding chamber using any object that could help you rotate or dislodge the plates. If you don’t have such tools, we recommend leaving the task to a professional plumber.
Slow draining garbage disposal unit
If you’ve waited for the designated time but the unit still hasn’t drained, something is wrong. Most homeowners try addressing this issue by running chemical drain cleaner drown the disposal, or with some vinegar and baking soda. If the problem doesn’t get solved by this remedy, there is a technical issue that needs professional attention.
In order to get to the root of the issue, the bolts need to be removed, the drain trap has to be disconnected, and the drainpipe needs to be inspected for clogs from the inside.
Only a professional plumber will have the right tools to get to the root of the issue.