Did you know that the garbage disposal was invented back in 1927? The point of the disposal is to break up food into smaller units that can pass through the plumbing system. If your garbage disposal breaks or starts to have issues, you will probably need to call in a plumber. There are, however, a few things you can do yourself. Here are three things you should know about garbage disposal maintenance and repair.
- Garbage Disposal Maintenance
There are a few things you can do to keep your disposal running smoothly. To begin with, small amounts of food are ideal. If you are putting large amounts of food down the drain every day, you can end up with a clogged pipe as deep as 100 feet. When you are running the disposal, keep cold water running at the same time, as this helps food scraps go down the piping. You can clean and sharpen garbage disposal blades by throwing in some ice. Ice acts like a scouring blender and, when it’s done, turns into water and flows away.
- Garbage Disposal Leak
Why would your garbage disposal be leaking? There are several potential sources. You can have a leak at the sink flange, a body crack, the dishwasher connection, and the discharge drainpipe. In most cases, all you need to do is tighten up loose bolts and clamps. In some cases, such as a leak in the dishwasher hose, you might need to replace the hose if leaks persist. If the inner shell of your garbage disposal is cracked, you will need to replace the entire unit.
- How to Repair a Garbage Disposal
There are multiple things that can go wrong with your disposal, so garbage disposal repair depends on identifying the underlying issue. If you have a clogged drain, for example, you should place a bucket beneath the drain, and then remove the P trap with a pipe wrench, which will give you better access to the clog. If you still can’t get to it from there, try using a snake or an auger to get down the drainpipe. If you need to remove fallen objects, don’t use your hands! Even if the electricity is off, a short can occur once you remove the object, and damage your hands. Extra long nosed pliers can often do the trick.
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