Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals devices are very important and helpful to the efficient functioning of plumbing systems in many homes. Plumbing and electrical skills are often required when dealing with garbage disposal problems, so you may want a professional to take care of them. If you are looking for the best garbage disposal plumbing services, get in touch with your Chicago Plumber.

How does your garbage disposal work?

Food gets to the garbage disposal by means of a strong stream of water that pushes the food remains through the drain. While in the grinding chamber, food is chopped up by a shredder, then the liquid and tiny particles are pushed down the drain by an impeller arm and plate.

Safety first!

Remember, when beginning any do-it-yourself project related to your garbage disposal, safety measures should first and foremost include turning off the power circuit to the garbage disposal. With your hands in the disposal, you certainly don't want it to begin running.

Clearing clogged garbage disposals

The most important thing you can do to avoid blockages is to clean the garbage disposal regularly. In addition to producing bacteria and foul odors, indisposed food or other items left in the garbage disposal can damage the appliance.

The first step in dealing with this situation is simple: remove any items which are stuck in the disposal with tongs or pliers. It is advised that you clean the drain once you remove the remains.
In order to do this, you need to do the following: plug the drain, run 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) of water in the sink, wait for a while then pull the plug, and finally turn on the garbage disposal. Do this preventive maintenance task regularly to ensure that even the most minuscule particle will flow down the drain.

In order to repair a clogged drain, you may have to remove the trap and clean it. The first step is to place a bucket under the trap, then, using a pipe wrench, release the fittings on the trap. After you have removed the trap, clear the clog that is blocking the way. You may need to push an auger or plumber's snake down the drainpipe if you can't spot the clog. Be sure and consult with your professional Chicago IL plumbing company for help.

Keeping your garbage disposal clean & fresh

We recommend freshening up your sink by using a few citrus peels after any clog-clearing operation. Drop in the peels, run cold water, and then turn it on.

Do you need more information about garbage disposal plumbing? If you have any other questions, then please contact us!