Garbage Disposal Repair

If you regularly cook in your kitchen, then there is a good chance that you rely on your garbage disposal quite often to help you to dispose of food waste. Did you know that garbage disposals are not only convenient, but they actually help to protect the environment? Food scraps are mostly made up of water, and when they are put down a garbage disposal to be processed, that water can be treated and reused. Garbage disposals also prevent food scraps from being put into landfills and eventually from being decomposed and producing toxic methane gasses.

Garbage disposals are wonderful things, but they don’t always work the way they should. The lifespan of a typical, well cared for garbage disposal is five to ten years. A garbage disposal that has stopped working can cause some major inconveniences, especially when you consider the fact that up to twenty percent of the waste from the average American household consists of scraps of food. If you have a problem with your garbage disposal, turn to the expert plumbers at Culler Plumbing Services.

We offer a wide variety of plumbing services so that we can meet your each and every need, and there is no problem too big or too small for our team of expert plumbers to handle.

Common Garbage Disposal Problems

A common issue with garbage disposals is odors. Even in a properly functioning garbage disposal, a buildup of scraps and debris of food can cause a foul odor to come from your garbage disposal. Luckily, there are several things that you can do on your own to combat this issue:

  • Pour a bit of liquid dish detergent into your garbage disposal while it’s still running.
  • Run cold water down your garbage disposal for around thirty seconds to wash away debris.
  • Grind lemon rinds, an orange peel or ice cubes in your disposal for approximately thirty seconds.

Another common garbage disposal problem is clogs. Garbage disposal clogs commonly occur on days with big meals, or slowly over time when only small amounts of food are washed down the sink and not ground right away. Whatever you do, do not stick your hand into the garbage disposal to manually relieve the clog! With the power to the garbage disposal off, you can attempt to stir up the contents that are in the disposal or scoop some of the contents out, then restart the disposal and attempt to grind out the clog. If the disposal will not run, use the “reset” button located on the underside of the garbage disposal and attempt again. If it still will not start, contact Culler Plumbing Services for garbage disposal repair.

If your garbage disposal consistently has an odor that you can’t get rid of or you are in need of garbage disposal repair, feel free to contact us today!

How to Care For Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are fairly new conveniences that many households and commercial kitchens have to help prevent sink clogs. These modern marvels are as easy to break as they are to maintain. With the right care, many garbage disposals can last quite a long time. At Culler Plumbing Services, we get quite a few calls each week from residents and business owners in the Metro East Illinois area about failing or foul-smelling garbage disposals. Fortunately, they are fairly easy fixes and we can generally get the problem cleared up relatively easily. Here are a few practical tips to help you care for your garbage disposal.

  • Run plenty of cool water, frequently. Cool water should always be started prior to turning on your disposal and ran for the entire time the disposal is running. Once the grinding has commenced, ensure you continue to leave the water running for about 15 seconds to wash away the ground up materials and keep both the garbage disposal and the pipes clear. This helps reduce foul smells and keeps pipes from clogging. Avoid using hot water as it liquefies fat and grease that can build up in the disposal and in the pipes.
  • Clean the disposal regularly. You can use soap and water or baking soda and vinegar, but avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the blades and your pipes.
  • If the disposal won’t turn on, attempt to troubleshoot by making sure it is plugged in and press the small red reset button on the bottom of the disposal.
  • Never stick your hand into the disposal.
  • Use the disposal to grind up plate scraps, but don’t put food or trash into the disposal.

If your disposal is not functioning as it should, the local plumbers at Culler Plumbing Services can help diagnose and repair your disposal problems. We come with a fully stocked plumbing truck, prepared to correct the problem right away. Contact us to schedule your repair or maintenance.

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What to (and not to) Put in Your Garbage Disposal

For many garbage disposal woes, it comes down to what is put into the garbage disposal. At Culler Plumbing Services, our plumbers have seen the full range of food and objects jamming up disposals when we come for repair calls. One thing your local plumber wishes everyone knew is it isn’t really a garbage disposal, rather a scrap destroyer. The purpose of the garbage disposal is not to prevent food from sitting in your trash can to help your home smell nicer, but to help break up scraps that were left on plates or stuck to pans. Breaking up these small scraps helps to prevent large pipe clogs from forming. To help clear things up for you, here is a quick list of what you should and should not put into your garbage disposal.

These items are OKAY to enter the garbage disposal:

  • Scraps
  • Citrus fruits
  • Baking powder and vinegar
  • Liquids
  • Ice cubes
  • Soft foods — if a baby can eat it, it is likely safe
  • Fruit scraps

The items are NOT okay to put down the disposal:

  • Grease, fat, or oil
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit pits or seeds
  • Rice, pasta, beans, or oatmeal — anything that expands
  • Fibrous foods — celery, banana peels, asparagus, etc.
  • Medications
  • Harsh chemicals
  • Non-food items
  • Your hand!

If something that shouldn’t be in the disposal makes it in any way and causes issues, never ever put your hand in the disposal to clean it out! If you have tried some of the tactics to clean and get your disposal to start as listed in the section above and you cannot get it started, contact us for a quick repair.