Issues with Your Garbage Disposal and How to Fix It
If your garbage disposal isn’t turning on, is jammed, or is otherwise not working, there are a few things you can do before calling a plumber. FloHawks Plumbing + Septic in Puyallup, WA, has compiled this list of some common problems that don’t take a lot of know-how to fix.
1. It Won’t Turn On
If you flip the switch and nothing happens, press the reset button located on the unit itself and make sure the cord is plugged in. You can also check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn’t been tripped. The breaker is usually the same as the one used by the dishwasher.
2. It Hums or Is Clogged
Your garbage disposal will make a humming sound when it’s jammed or clogged. Turn the garbage disposal off and unplug it. Look inside and see what’s jamming it. A bone or fruit pit can easily jam a garbage disposal.
Try to dislodge whatever is jamming your garbage disposal. You can use a broomstick to push down on the blades and rotate them to release whatever the object is.
FloHawks Plumbing + Septic in Puyallup, WA, can help you with garbage disposal problems. Whether you need your disposal repaired or replaced, our plumbers are well-qualified for the job.
3. It Grinds Poorly
If your garbage disposal won’t properly grind food items, first make sure you have enough water flowing. If that doesn’t help, then the disposal probably has a broken blade. It usually makes sense to replace the garbage disposal instead of having the blades repaired.
4. It Leaks
If there’s water under your sink, look for where the water is coming from. You can use a wrench to tighten pipe connections if they’re leaking. If the garbage disposal is leaking, replace its drain gasket and mounting screws.
FloHawks Plumbing + Septic has been helping people with their plumbing issues since 1968. We offer drain cleaning, garbage disposals, conventional water heaters, tankless water heaters, pipe repair, sewers, and water softener services. We can also help you with your septic tank system. Call us today to find out more.