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Garbage Disposal Installation & Repair in Cumming, GA

Garbage Disposal Not Working? Safety First!

Before you stick your hand in that jammed garbage disposal – don’t! Even when it’s turned off, a garbage disposal can be extremely dangerous. If you succeed in dislodging whatever has caused the garbage disposal to jam, the blades can release into a spin, and you don’t want your hand in the way. If you’ve tried the reset button to no avail, and you can’t fish out the foreign object with a pair of tongs and a flashlight, all else that could cause a malfunctioning garbage disposal is best left to the professionals. For garbage disposal repair in Cumming, call a licensed plumber at Fuller Plumbing.

Though you may be tempted to be frugal and opt to go without a garbage disposal in the face of a disposal failure, you may want to reconsider. Not only is it inconvenient to go without a garbage disposal, a malfunction can cause backups and clogs that smell bad and attract gnats and flies. Fortunately, garbage disposal repair and installation are relatively inexpensive and uncomplicated when addressed before it has the chance to cause a domino effect further down the drain lines.

Common Causes of Garbage Disposal Problems

The most common problems that require the services of a professional plumber for garbage disposal repair are leaks, jams, clogs, burned out motor, or the unit may simply need a reset.

An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure when it comes to your garbage disposal. Knowing how to maintain your garbage disposal and things to avoid putting in it are the best way to protect your disposal, keep it in top running condition, and maximize its longevity.

Ways To Protect Your Garbage Disposal

  • Use a drain cover when your garbage disposal is not in use to keep non-food items such as silverware, straws, sponges, or even a ring or other object that might slip out of your hand from getting into the disposal.
  • Do not pour fats and grease into the garbage disposal. Grease sticks to the blades causing sludge and blockages that will eventually bring the disposal to a halt.
  • Bones, hard seeds and pits, popcorn kernels, and other items that are difficult to grind are a definite no. Hard items that don’t grind completely can become wedged in such a way that the blades will not turn.
  • Fibrous foods, such as celery, corn husks, and onion skin come apart and can become wrapped around the blades causing them to jam.

How to Keep your Garbage Disposal Squeaky Clean

  • Always use cold water when running your garbage disposal, and run it for a good 20 seconds after you turn off the disposal to rinse away any remaining debris and clear the pipes after you turn off the disposal.
  • Clean the disposal regularly with baking soda and vinegar or ice cubes and rock salt. Chemical compounds and cleaners can damage the internal workings of your garbage disposal.

If your disposal is beyond repair, a licensed plumber can recommend and install the best unit for your needs and your space. Call Fuller Plumbing for residential or commercial garbage disposal installation in Cumming.