It to hire a professional plumber yearly for a thorough inspection of residential plumbing. A professional has the tools and skills to detect issues that a non-plumber might miss. However, this does not mean you always have to get a pro plumber to notice common plumbing issues. Keep an eye out for these things.For a…
Check Garbage Disposal Repair Off Your To-Do List
The garbage disposal is one of the home’s hardest working and under-appreciated appliances and is most noticeable when it stops working because it can slow down the entire flow of the kitchen, meaning it is time to call for garbage disposal repair. Often, the garbage disposal is overused and abused by being tasked with large, hard-to-break-down items and lack of proper regular care. Since the kitchen is considered the heart of the home, a broken garbage disposal can put a home out of commission.
Garbage disposal care
Though it may seem like a blender in the sink, a garbage disposal can definitely not handle chunks of anything larger than an ice cube. In fact, it is recommended to occasionally throw a few ice cubes down the garbage disposal to help care for and sharpen the blades. Anything thick that coagulates or clumps together like rice, thick sauces or grease can also damage your garbage disposal. Instead of trying to rid these items through the garbage disposal entirely, try throwing out most of it before you wash the dishes; that way, the garbage disposal is likely to handle the little bit left.
Signs of distress
The biggest sign that your garbage disposal may be in trouble is when it will not turn on. Usually, before it comes to that, it will make a whirring sound because it is on but not able to do anything. This likely means it is jammed or clogged. You can check for yourself, but it may be dangerous because you are reaching into a dark place with blades. Use a flashlight, and be sure the disposal is turned off. The most unfortunate sign of garbage disposal distress is “spitting up.” If this occurs, call a plumber right away. Clogs are the most likely culprit, but the hardware could also be jammed, in which case, it is best to call a professional.
Getting a repair
Getting your garbage disposal repaired by a professional is easy and can save you a lot of headaches. If you do not maintain your garbage disposal or are seeing some of the above signs of distress, call a local plumber who can take a look and repair it before it becomes a huge problem. Many plumbers are available same day or within one day. They will make an appointment with you and likely only take a few minutes to diagnose the problem. If it is a simple repair, it is usually done within an hour in one visit. If there are more complicated plumbing issues, you may need a follow-up or to wait for your plumber to order a part.
Prepared and ready
Having your garbage disposal repaired will help you be a prepared, confident host while extra guests are in town and there is extra hubbub in the kitchen, or on a normal Tuesday night. Get this important must-have task checked off your list for smooth sailing.
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