The garbage disposal is one of those inventions that we very much take for granted. We love the fact that we don’t have to throw our food scraps in the garbage can where they’ll start stinking up the kitchen. The garbage disposal makes it easier to do your dishes too — just scrape the leftover food into the drain and put your dishes into the dishwasher. While it’s possible to get by without a garbage disposal it isn’t something that we look forward to.

If your garbage disposal isn’t working as well as it has in the past, or it’s stopped working completely, read this blog for a few tips on how to get your disposal running again. If you don’t have time to fix your garbage disposal yourself or you know that it needs servicing or replacement that you can’t do yourself, please call us at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. We can send a well-trained plumber to your house 24/7 if it’s an emergency or schedule an appointment that works around your schedule.

Is Your Garbage Disposal Leaking?

If you find a puddle of water underneath your sink after you use your garbage disposal it could be caused by a number of factors. A leaky garbage disposal can be caused by something as simple as a worn out gasket or a connection that has come loose after years of use. If you’ve got the proper tools and some know-how, try tightening the connections. If that doesn’t fix it, try replacing the gaskets. If you see water leaking from the body of the garbage disposal (in a place that wasn’t designed to ever come apart) that means that you’ll probably have to have the entire unit replaced.

Is Your Garbage Disposal Jammed?

If you flip the switch to start your garbage disposal and hear a buzzing sound, it might be jammed. Any number of things can jam your unit, including silverware or larger bones. First thing’s first: unplug the garbage disposal before you try and clear a jam to reduce the risk of severe injury to your fingers and hands. Once it is unplugged, use a flashlight to peer into the unit to try and see if you can determine what is jamming it. If you see the offending jam, use some long-nose pliers to pluck it out of the drain — even if the unit is disconnected from the power you could cut yourself on the blades or on the object that was stuck. After you’re certain that you’ve cleared the jam, plug it back in and see if it works. If it still isn’t working, call us at Tom Schaefer Plumbing. We can get to the bottom of any garbage disposal problem.

Is Your Garbage Disposal Making Noise?

If your garbage disposal is working but making strange noises that you aren’t used to, you might have loose blades. Tightening them can be a pretty big undertaking so unless you have the knowledge, leave it to a pro because it might also involve replacing some of the blades.

Call Tom Schaefer Plumbing in Eastlake today for help with any plumbing or heating needs.