What’s Wrong with My Garbage Disposal? Common Problems & Solutions

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Got garbage disposal problems? Here are the most common reasons why.

Water Backing Up

The Problem: if your garbage disposal is making unusual humming noises and water is backing up into your sink, the mechanism is clogged up and jammed so that the blades can’t turn.

The Solution: have a professional clean out your garbage disposal and get rid of whatever is jamming it up, and going forward be mindful of what goes into your garbage disposal. No bones, fats/oils, fibrous vegetables, or eggshells.

A Leaky Garbage Disposal

The Problem: if your garbage disposal is leaking, it could be due to a loose connection or an old, worn out part such as an O-ring, gasket, or flange.

The Solution: have a professional inspect the garbage disposal. They will be able to identify the problem and advise you as to whether it is more cost-effective to have the garbage disposal repaired or replace it with a whole new unit.

A Bad Smell

The Problem: if your garbage disposal is letting off a foul odour, that’s probably the result of old food bits that got trapped in the disposal and are now decomposing.

The Solution: freshen up your garbage disposal by flushing it with baking soda and white vinegar. The baking soda will fizz up inside the disposal, helping to knock loose trapped food bits, and both the baking soda and vinegar will absorb nasty odours and leave your kitchen smelling fresh again.

If you are having issues with your garbage disposal, don’t ignore it and wait for it to get worse, get it fixed right away! Trust the experienced professionals at Butler Plumbing, Heating & Gasfitting to identify the problem and repair it.

Butler Plumbing Heating & Gasfitting Ltd.