Garbage Disposals

Indianapolis Garbage Disposal Problems

Garbage DisposalsProblem:  “My garbage disposal is jammed.”

Solution:  So you’re cleaning up after that big dinner party, giving your garbage disposal a real work-out and suddenly, it just stops working. There is a good chance that your garbage disposal has “jammed”. Try this first before you call a plumber: Turn off electricity to the garbage disposal before you do anything. Next, with electricity turned off to the disposal, stick your hand into the disposal and feel around pulling out any objects that are obstructing or wedged into the grinding plate and hammers of the disposal (be careful of sharper objects such as glass, bones, etc.). Now turn electricity back on to the garbage disposal, run the water and turn on the garbage disposal. Hopefully, all is unjammed. If not, better call AttaBoy!

Problem:  “My garbage disposal is humming.”

Solution:  Sometimes humming is a good thing. When it comes to garbage disposals, not so much. What happens sometimes, while grinding food, the garbage disposal gets caught on itself, causing it to throw its “internal breaker”. Try resetting the garbage disposal yourself by depressing the red button located on the bottom side of the garbage disposal. This resets the garbage disposal electric motor….much like a circuit breaker in your home’s electric panel. If this doesn’t do the trick, your garbage disposal requires professional attention as is available from your AttaBoy Plumbing technician.

Problem:  “My garbage disposal is leaking from the bottom.”

Solution:  The ground up food is supposed to go down my drain, not land in the bottom of my sink cabinet, right? You’re exactly right. What has probably happened is that the grinding chamber of your garbage disposal has a hole or crack caused by normal wear-and-tear. Your AttaBoy Plumber can evaluate and determine if your garbage disposal can be repaired or needs to be replaced making sure that the yucky stuff goes down the drain, not underneath your sink.

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