4 Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is one of the handiest tools in your home, that is, until it stops working. Don’t wait until it needs to be replaced, look (and listen) for these 4 signs that your garbage disposal needs repair.

4 Signs It's Time to Repair Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal smells bad, really bad. If you have tried to clean your garbage disposal with vinegar, citrus, or harsh chemical agents, and it still smells horrible, chances are it’s time for a professional to take it apart and clean it thoroughly. Depending on how old the device is, though, you may just want to replace it completely and instantly have cleaner air!

Something doesn’t sound right. While a garbage disposal is noisy, it should never sound like metal is grinding on metal. This could signal that parts have begun to move incorrectly. Call in a professional right away for a tune-up. If you let the problem go on for too long, you might have to replace the whole unit.

Water is leaking from the disposal. If the water is leaking from a seal on the unit, chances are a professional can nip the problem in the bud. Unfortunately, a leak coming from a crack in the device itself, is a sign that you should just replace the whole disposal.

The garbage disposal jams, constantly. We love garbage disposals because of their ability to break down various sizes of food items. If your disposal jams at even the smallest particle of food, it is definitely time for a professional inspection.

If one of your kitchen chores for this year is repairing your garbage disposal, contact us today for more information!

Plumbing Repairs: Signs You Need a New Garbage Disposal

You rely on your garbage disposal every day to get rid of food scraps quickly and conveniently. And while garbage disposals should easily last several years before needing any significant plumbing repair or replacement, it’s good to be aware of the common signs you need a new garbage disposal in your kitchen.

Plumbing Repairs: Signs You Need a New Garbage Disposal

Perpetual Bad Smells

Over time, food particles that haven’t been broken down and flushed out properly can build up in your disposal, causing a foul smell. If you’ve tried flushing your disposal with hot and cold water, lemon juice, baking soda, and all the other household remedies out there to no avail, then it may be time to consider replacing the entire unit for a fresh start.

Frequent Clogs

Your disposal should be able to pulverize and dispose of most foods within a matter of seconds. If you find that your disposal is frequently becoming clogged or takes a long time to break down food, then it might be time for a replacement. Dull blades could be to blame, and these can be replaced or sharpened by a plumber; however, if your disposal is several years old or older, replacement may be the more cost effective option.

Water Leaks

Water pooling underneath your sink? Check to see if it’s coming from a bad seal on your garbage disposal or from a crack in the disposal tank itself. If it’s the former, then a little bit of plumber’s putty can probably repair the problem. If it’s the latter, then you’re going to need a new disposal entirely.

Unusual Noises

Finally, if your disposal is making odd noises–especially the sound of metal on metal–this could be a sign that your motor is about to burn out. If your disposal is more than a few years old, then total replacement is likely the best option.

When it comes to your plumbing and other general handyman needs, be sure to contact us for professional service and competitive pricing! While painting is our specialty, we offer a wide range of home improvement services.