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Common Reasons for a Garbage Disposal Repair


Problems a Garbage Disposal Can Run Into

Picture this: you’ve just finished preparing lunch and want to toss the remaining chopped veggie pieces into your disposal. Upon turning the device on, it seems as if it’s not doing the job — instead, the veggies are just moving around and not being diced up into the drain.

If you have found yourself in a similar situation or feel that your garbage disposal may need a repair, here are some of the common signs that you might need a visit from the plumber soon:

Reasons Why a Garbage Disposal May Need Repair

Having to Reset It Constantly

As it’s known, below your garbage disposal is a reset button — which will help “revive” your unit and get it back in working order. However, while you may only need to press this button occasionally if you find yourself using it more frequently, there’s a chance that your garbage disposal requires some TLC from a professional.

The reason being is that the motor that helps your unit thrive may be breaking down — which, in the long run, may be a sign that your garbage disposal will need to be replaced altogether.

It Tends to Clog Often

Believe it or not, there’s a chance that your garbage disposal can clog — especially if you tend to use it without running water, followed by feeding it the wrong items. While this device seems as if it can handle every food-based item that it comes in contact with, that actually couldn’t be further from the truth.

A few of the many items you’ll never want to dispose of in your garbage disposal include, but are not limited to:

  • Dense animal bones

  • Stringy, starchy foods

  • Coffee grounds

  • Fruit pits

  • Pieces of soft food that are not cut into little pieces

If you use your garbage disposal without running cold water, the blades will have a difficult time trying to cut up your disposed foods, and that can even damage the blades and cause a clog — something no homeowner wants to run into.

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