How to Fix Your 'Garbage' Disposal
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How to Fix Your 'Garbage' Disposal
May 20, 2022

How to Fix Your 'Garbage' Disposal

A garbage disposal is one of the most useful kitchen appliances in the sense that it helps to reduce food waste, saves you time, and prevents unpleasant home smells.

This appliance is mounted just below the kitchen sink and is designed to shred large food particles into small pieces so they can be washed down the drain.

Like other kitchen appliances, a garbage disposal can break down or develop problems that should be fixed by a plumber to restore the appliance to its perfect working condition.

In this article, we will highlight some of the common garage disposal problems and how to fix those problems.

A Jammed Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal may jam as a result of an object getting stuck between an impeller blade and the drain hole, thereby preventing food scraps from traveling down the shoot. A garbage disposal will make a humming sound when it’s jammed.

Solution

There are several ways you can fix a jammed garbage disposal. You can hit the reset button and see if it fixes the problem or use a pair of tongs to remove any items that may be causing the problem inside the appliance.

Alternatively, you can use a wrenchette that comes with your garbage disposal to fix the problem. Simply insert the wrenchette into the hex hole which is located under the garbage disposal, and rotate it back and forth. This action should resolve the problem, but if it doesn't call a nearby plumber to inspect your garbage disposal and make repairs.

A Leaking Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal can leak due to loose internal seals, faulty O-ring, or improper connections. It all depends on where the leak is coming from. 

Solution

The first step to fixing a leaking garbage disposal is to determine where the leak is coming from. Check the disposal's lower mounting ring, drainpipe, outer case of the disposal, and pipe connections.

If the leak is small and you’re equipped with the right tools, you may be able to fix it yourself. For more complicated garbage disposal leaks, call a reputable plumber to fix the problem.

A Smelly Garbage Disposal

This problem is caused by decaying food particles stuck on the cutting blades or the drainpipes connected to the appliance. Garbage disposal smells do not indicate anything wrong with the appliance, just that it needs to be cleaned thoroughly.

Solution

Pour one cup of baking soda into the opening of the garbage disposal followed by one cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Turn on the garbage disposal and run hot water to rinse away the mixture.

To leave behind a pleasant scent after cleaning your garbage disposal, grind up lemon peels in the appliance and run cold water from the tap.

Need Garbage Disposal Repair? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If you’re looking for an experienced plumber to help you with garbage disposal repair, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our plumbers have what it takes to fix all kinds of garbage disposal problems.