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By on November 28th, 2017 in Plumbing

Common Causes of Garbage Disposal Problems

garbage disposal problemsDealing with a garbage disposal issue can be a hassle, especially when you are not sure why it’s failing. Before you call in outside help, you might want to check for these common causes to see if you can troubleshoot the unit on your own.

The Mechanism Won’t Turn On Because It Is Overheating

If your garbage disposal doesn’t even seem to turn on when you flip the switch, it might have overheated and shut itself off. Look under the unit to see if you can locate a reset button for a quick and easy fix.

Something Is Jamming the Disposal’s Impellers

More often than not, a bit of food has jammed the disposal and caused it to stop working. You can usually tell if this is the case by listening to see if the disposal turns on but doesn’t start grinding. If you think something is wedged between the impellers, never stick your hand down the drain. Instead, dislodge the blockage from beneath the unit to avoid injuring your fingers.

The Disposal Was Used Improperly

If someone in your house stuck a non-food object, grease, fat, pasta, or other hard-to-grind substances into the disposal, then the device might have broken. Encourage all disposal users to only place proper objects in the sink to avoid paying for repairs later on.

Your Disposal Is Old and Leaking

As your disposal ages, its interior shell might start to crack. This can cause water to emerge from the seams and start leaking underneath the sink. When this happens, you’ll probably need to replace the entire unit.

Sometimes, you simply can’t figure out what’s causing problems with your garbage disposal on your own. Calling in a professional like Silco Plumbing is the easiest way to get your mechanism working properly again. Their licensed plumbers are trained to deal with a variety of issues, so they’ll be able to ascertain the cause of the problem quickly. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the company’s services, visit their website today or call (781) 438-8925.



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