Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation in Modesto
Our Modesto garbage disposal repair and installation team knows that a fully functional garbage disposal just makes life easier. Garbage disposals are designed to shred up materials, so they flow down the drain and travel through the plumbing without creating clogs. Unfortunately, there are some things that get put down the disposal that just shouldn't go there. These items include anything harder than the blades of the disposal, like utensils, oyster shells, fruit stones and avocado seeds. Items like this can dull the blades and prevent them from working properly.
Don't use your garbage disposal for fibrous food scraps
Dulling the blades isn't the only thing that can cause a problem in the disposal. Items that are fibrous can tangle around the blades. Banana peels, corn husks, artichokes, full celery stalks and onion peels fit into this category. There are even some items reduce to a powdery substance that lines the pipes of the plumbing system. Egg shells and coffee grounds are the most common of these.
Don't feed large items into your garbage disposal
It is important to cut larger items into smaller pieces before putting them into the disposal. This will allow the disposal blades to grab it and chew it more easily. Large items can bounce around, fly out of the machine or cause the motor to seize.
Always run your garbage disposal with cold water
Run cold water whenever you are running the disposal. Cold water prevents the bearings and shredder assembly from overheating. It also flushes the ground-up waste down the drain easier.
Learn to stop those bad smells
If your disposal smells, it's often a sign that there is some bacteria building up in the area. Throw some ice down into the blades to clear them of debris that may be stuck to them. You can make special ice cubes that have a biodegradable cleaning agent in them to destroy the bacteria build up. You can also run citrus peels through the disposal to freshen up the smell.
Learn to reset your garbage disposal unit
If your disposal jams and shuts off, turn it off at the switch and clear it out. Then look underneath the sink. There should be a reset button (usually red) on the bottom of the unit. If there is debris stuck that cannot be moved, use a manual Allen wrench driver to turn the motor until the debris is loosened.
Or just call our Modesto garbage disposal team!
If you can't fix the problem on your own, call in our Modesto garbage disposal repair team to fix it in a hurry. Our technicians are trained to work with a wide variety of garbage disposal brands, configurations, and horsepowers, which means that we can always get the job done. Call today with your questions about your garbage disposal maintenance & replacement needs, or to schedule service now.