GARBAGE DISPOSAL REPAIR HOUSTON
The garbage disposal is one of the most used machines in the home. Due to heavy use, and water hardness, it’s common for issues to arise. Since most of us don’t have the time or the necessary skills needed to fix a garbage disposal on our own, it’s good to know there are professionals that can help!
Stuck objects can range from a piece of silverware to a fibrous piece of food. First, do not try to remove the object if it is sufficiently jammed! Second, unplug the disposal. Contact a Royal Flush plumber to remove the foreign item.
When your disposal is overloaded it has a feature that automatically shuts it off. This happens to prevent the machine from getting too hot. You can try hitting the reset button; however, if this doesn’t work, then you will need to contact a Royal Flush plumber. The garbage disposal may require some electrical work.
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL GARBAGE DISPOSAL LAST?
If you currently have a garbage disposal installed in your home, chances are, you probably can’t imagine your everyday food prep and cleanup without it. Unfortunately, like all plumbing appliances and equipment, your garbage disposal will eventually stop working as efficiently as it used to—or even stop working completely.
How Long Will My Garbage Disposal Last?
On average, your garbage disposal should last you a good number of years before the blades will wear down or the motor will burn out. Depending on when you installed it (modern garbage disposals are much more long-lasting than older ones), you can expect your garbage disposal to last anywhere from 8 – 15 years. Of course, this depends on how frequently you use it and if you use it properly.
Garbage Disposal Maintenance
What do we mean by use it properly? We all know there are certain things that shouldn’t go down the garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are only meant for biodegradable food—you should never put anything down there like bones, plastic, or metal (such as silverware).
But even certain foods shouldn’t—ideally—be allowed to pass through the disposal, including:
- Grease and oil, which can solidify in the drain and cause clogs
- Stringy vegetables (like celery), which can get caught on the blades and cause clogs
- Rice or pasta, which expand when wet
- Fruit pits or any other hard food that can damage the blades
Do I Need Garbage Disposal Removal?
If you’re garbage disposal is between 8 and 15 years old and it’s experiencing any of the following problems, it’s possible that you need garbage disposal removal:
- Your garbage disposal won’t run.
- Your garbage disposal runs slowly.
- Your garbage disposal operates noisily.
- Your garbage disposal is clogged or jammed.
- Your garbage disposal is leaking.
- Your garbage disposal makes a humming noise.
- Your garbage disposal doesn’t make any noise at all.
- And more.
If you plan to remove your garbage disposal yourself, it’s vital that you turn off the electricity to the disposal for safety purposes. Once you’ve removed your garbage disposal, installing a new one is generally a simple process. Of course, if you don’t want to mess around with it, or don’t have the tools to do it, we can certainly help you!
When removing your garbage disposal and replacing it with a new one, you’ll need to make sure you get the same size (or larger) disposal. Garbage disposals come in several horsepower (HP) sizes, and a plumber can help you determine which size you need.
WHAT IS THE BEST GARBAGE DISPOSAL IN HOUSTON, TX?
Here’s our picks for the Best Garbage Disposals.
- InSinkErator Essential XTR 3/4 HP – Best To Buy 2019
- Waste King L8000 Legend 1 HP – Best Value Garbage Disposal
- InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1 HP – Best High-End Disposer
- InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP – Best for Small Home
- Moen GXS75C-GX 3/4 hp – Best Moen Disposer
WHEN WAS THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL INVENTED?
The garbage disposal unit was invented in 1927 by John W. Hammes, an architect working in Racine, Wisconsin. He applied for a patent in 1933 that was issued in 1935. His InSinkErator company put his disposer on the market in 1940.
IS A GARBAGE DISPOSAL WORTH IT?
Using a garbage disposal is pretty self-explanatory, but using it properly is important. A conservative estimate for the life of a garbage disposal is eight to ten years, and given that they usually only run between $75 and $125 per unit—plus the cost of installation—ten years isn’t too bad of a lifespan.
What should you not put down a garbage disposal?
Grease, Oil, & Fat
It might be out of sight for a while, but it certainly won’t be out of mind when your drain clogs up after repeated dumpings. Never, ever dump grease, oil, or fat down your drain or garbage disposer. While it can work sometimes if you do it right, it’s not worth the risk. Wait for it to cool and put it in the trash.
Layered bulbs and vegetables, especially those with film or skin-like characteristics, can wrap around blades and other moving parts, thereby hindering the movement of your garbage disposer motor. If enough builds up, it could cause damage down the road.
Similar to onions, egg shells have a film-like membrane that can wrap around moving parts and potentially cause damage. Also, contrary to popular belief, they don’t sharpen blades, so there is no good reason to send them down your garbage disposer. Consider composting them instead.
Nuts & Shells
Nuts and shells (including sea food shells) are extremely hard. While some garbage disposers can handle the job, the blades will dull faster and the lifespan of the unit will be reduced. Nuts and shells don’t take up that much space, so just throw them away.
Coffee grounds aren’t bad for your garbage disposer, but they are bad for your plumbing. Would you dump coffee grounds down the sink? Of course not! So don’t dump them down the garbage disposer. They’ll eventually settle like sediment in your plumbing, increasing the likelihood of a clog.
Pits or Seeds
Not only are most pits and seeds too hard, but many are round. Small, hard, round objects don’t get ground up very well, and make a terrible racket as they bounce around. Save yourself the trouble and throw them out with the trash.
Bone is one of the strongest and hardest naturally-occurring substances known to man. Don’t allow animal bones to go down your garbage disposer. It might be tempting to get rid of them this way, but don’t do it. Some garbage disposer units can handle processing bones, but it will reduce their lifespan significantly.
Rice, Pasta, or Bread
What do these three things have in common? No matter how small they’re chopped, they still absorb massive amounts of water and expand. This expansion can block or clog your drains, which really is more trouble than it’s worth.
Stringy Fruits & Veggies
Stringy organic matter has this really annoying habit of shredding wrapping around moving objects. Don’t put veggies like celery or asparagus down the garbage disposer as they are hard to grind.
Fibrous Fruits & Veggies
High-fiber fruits and vegetables can slow down your garbage disposer motor and coat everything with a layer of mushy gunk. Try to avoid sending these down the chute. A few here or there won’t hurt, but keep at a minimum to preserve high quality operational use.
Anything in Bulk
No matter what the substance is, too much of it can be a problem. Always feed your garbage disposer slowly. If you don’t, you risk putting too much stress on the motor, which can lead to it wearing out faster. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you never put more than a small handful down the chute at once. Also, make sure any large items are chopped into smaller, ice-cube sized pieces before you make the drop!
Harsh chemicals are not the answer. If you’re trying to clean out the garbage disposer, pour a little dish soap and some ice cubes down. The ice will help clean off the blades and walls, and the dish soap will help break down any grease and oil (making it smell nicer at the same time).
If it isn’t food or biodegradable, don’t let it anywhere near your garbage disposer. Paper, plastic, wood, metal, or glass – throw it away or recycle. Even napkins and tissues can be a big problem. Never throw non-food items into your garbage disposer.
HOW MUCH DOES HOME DEPOT CHARGE TO INSTALL A GARBAGE DISPOSAL?
Home Depot charges $119 to install it. Sears also quoted a price of $99 for installation of a garbage disposal purchased anywhere.