Garbage Disposal Replacement
Garbage disposal clogged or broken? Whether you need repairs or replacement, we’ve got you covered in the Cincinnati area.
Today’s disposal models typically last 10 years before needing to be replaced. If you have inherited one from a previous homeowner and think it’s struggling, consider these factors:
Motors – Higher-end motors come with more quiet, inductive motors, ranging from ½ horsepower to 1 horsepower. Budget disposals are in the ⅓ range, generally noisier, and tend to wear out sooner.
Grind stages – Ranging from one to three stages, the more stages a disposal has, the more expensive and thorough the grinding. The higher the number of stages, the less likely it is to experience clogs.
Material quality – More expensive models will be manufactured from stainless steel for optimum corrosion protection and built-in sound muffling. Budget-priced disposals are typically constructed from plastic or polymers and can be 50% noisier.
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Garbage Disposal Repairs
Suspect you have a problem? You may be able to fix minor problems on your own. If not, Apollo Home’s licensed and trained plumbers will do what it takes to get your garbage disposal grinding away again or install a new one, often on the same day.
To keep your garbage disposal in top working shape, consider these tips:
- Always continue to run water during and after using your disposal. Ideally, flushing it with cold water for 30 seconds after the waste has vanished down the drain.
- Use cold water instead of hot. Cold water prevents clogs by keeping fats in solid form and helps the motor stay cool.
- Don’t jam everything into the disposal at once; push waste in slowly.
- Never put metal or plastic down your disposal.
- Don’t put hard food items, such as bones, down the disposal. Fibrous foods such as peeled potato or carrot skins, corn husks, and eggshells should be avoided. They can tangle with the blades or build-up and become difficult to dislodge.
Garbage Disposal FAQs
How do garbage disposals work?
A garbage disposal does not actually chop up your food. Instead, it has a small plate at the bottom that rotates at a high velocity to grind food into tiny particles that can safely flow down the drain. There are no blades at all in a modern garbage disposal.
Why does my garbage disposal smell bad?
A garbage disposal is likely to smell unpleasant when food waste gets stuck inside. This happens when you don’t run it long enough after sending food down or if food gets stuck somewhere along the line. To fix this problem, run cold water in the unit and turn on the disposal. If that does not flush out the smell, consider cleaning the disposal.
Do you have to run water when using a garbage disposal?
Water helps push the food out of the grinder and down the drain. If you are grinding food waste, use cold water. This will keep the fats in the food in a solid state so they won’t clog up the sewer line down the drain. If you are cleaning your disposal, use hot water to flush out unwanted food particles.
Where is the reset button on my garbage disposal?
Most garbage disposals have a reset button on the bottom of the unit. This button, which is likely red in color, may help you troubleshoot issues with the disposal. Do not mess with the button without advice from a professional or without consulting the owner’s manual that came with your disposal.
Can I use a garbage disposal with a septic system?
Garbage disposals are not recommended for homes with a septic system. Sending too much food waste down the system can disturb the bacterial balance. It can also lead to more frequent pumping for the septic tank because the food particles can fill up the tank more quickly.
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