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Garbage Disposals

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals are a great addition to any kitchen… If they work. Like any other kitchen appliances, garbage disposals can break down. If your kitchen has a garbage disposal, and your sink is starting to back up with dirty water and food remnants, you might have a big problem. You may be experiencing the following problems with your disposal:


  • Jammed grinder
  • Foreign objects lodged in the grinding plates
  • Misuse of disposal
  • Failing electrical connections
  • Excess food clogging the lines

Garbage Disposal Solutions

If you’re the kind of homeowner who likes to roll up your sleeves and dig deep to fix and issue yourself, think twice on this one. Garbage disposals can be tricky and dangerous devices to troubleshoot. Without the proper safety precautions, you might end up further damaging the disposal, or even harming yourself. Your local Pinellas County plumbing experts at Gulfview Plumbing can help you diagnose and repair any garbage disposal issue, and will do it safely. A technician will  inspect your disposal, determine the source of the issue and fix it, so you don’t need to risk a finger trying to make the repairs yourself.The most common issue with garbage disposals is a clogged line or jammed object in the grinder. In these cases, we can safely remove the objects and restore the flow without further damaging the disposal or plumbing. There are some cases, however, where simply replacing the disposal with a new unit is the most cost efficient way to go. 


 Call Gulfview Plumbing today to fix your garbage disposal problems today! 727-351-4700 

How to Avoid Problems In The Future

 The best way to avoid garbage disposal problems, is to avoid sending problem foods or materials down the drain. These include:

  • Grease
  • Fat
  • Potato Skins
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Stringy Vegetables Such As Celery
  • Whole Fruits Or Vegetables
  • Foreign Objects  Items Such As Silverware, Bones And Dirt

Here at Gulfview, we understand how frustrating a broken garbage disposal can be. If you’re experiencing problems with your sink, don’t try to fix this problem yourself. When you don’t properly identify and address the issue, you run the risk of further damaging the garbage disposal, or worse, yourself.



Maintenance Tips

Proper garbage disposal maintenance will help prevent the need for repairs and keep your kitchen smelling fresh. Here are some tips for preventing clogs and odors:


  • Always run cold water during the operation of your garbage disposal, as this will help cool the engine.


  • Leave the garbage disposal on until all food scraps are fully consumed.


  • After using the disposal, run hot water through it for a few minutes to ensure that all food residue is washed away.


  • Once a week, put some dishwashing liquid into the garbage disposal and run hot water for a while after switching off the garbage disposal.


  • For extra stubborn odors, try discarding some lemon peels into your garbage disposal. Run the unit, then wait 15 minutes before running hot water to flush the system.


  • Put two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into the disposal and run the unit with cold water. This will help break up embedded sludge, allowing it to rinse away.

Due to the inherent dangers of working on a system designed to pulverize organic materials, it’s best to leave garbage disposal repair to the professionals. Ready to schedule a service call or installation? Call Gulfview Plumbing at (351) 351-4700