Garbage disposals are great time savers that make kitchen clean-up easier.
Kitchen clean-up is quicker when food scraps can be disposed of down the drain. Not having food rotting in a garbage can makes for a much more pleasant smelling home.
A garbage disposal is a motorized device attached to the kitchen sink that grinds up food scraps fed down the drain with flowing water. Most people think that a garbage disposer has a spinning blade, but it actually uses a spinning plate that has an impeller on it which pushes the food into a shredder ring. This pulverizes the food into the smallest particles so that flowing water can push them down the waste drain. The garbage disposal requires electricity, some are hardwired and others are powered at an outlet.
If you are interested in having a new garbage disposal installed in your home, give Black Diamond plumbers a call today. We have technicians located throughout the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City, Ogden, Orem, Park City, and surrounding areas, ready to help you with your plumbing needs.
Here are a few guidelines to follow to ensure that you have the best experience with your garbage disposal.
- Always run water when you are using your garbage disposal.
- Avoid putting stringy foods like celery in your disposal as it can cause the machine to bind up.
- Avoid pouring grease down any drain
- Egg shells and avocado skin should not go down the kitchen drain
Garbage Disposal Helpful Hints
Helpful hints when a garbage disposal won’t run.
If your garbage disposal won’t run you may need to reset it using the RED overload protector button located at the bottom of the garbage disposal. The RED overload protector button may be in a popped out position if the disposal was clogged, overheated, or used for an excessive amount of time.
- Prior to pushing the RED reset button, make sure that the power to the garbage disposal is off.
- Next, push the reset button. If the reset button does not stay in a “pushed in” position, then wait 10 minutes before trying to push it again. If the button stays pushed in. Then turn on cold water and turn the disposal on. The garbage disposal should run again.
- If the reset button will not stay retracted then your garbage disposal may require service or replacement.
Helpful Hints for a Clogged Garbage Disposal
Occasionally, food debris or the random object can get dropped into the sink causing a jam. If your garbage disposal is jammed, here are a few techniques to try before calling in a plumber. But first a word of caution, please avoid putting your hands into the disposal. That could lead to significant injury. Also, avoid using any chemical clog removers as they are harsh and can damage parts.
First, power off. Verify that the power is off on your garbage disposal.
Next, using one or both of the following methods try to dislodge the jam.
Method 1 Dislodge the jam from the bottom:
Some garbage disposals come with a key that will fit into a slot on the bottom of the disposal. In most cases, the key is just a ¼ inch allen wrench. After ensuring that there is no power going to your garbage disposal, you’ll insert the key or allen wrench in the slot and rotate it from side to side. This action wiggles the spinning plate that has the impellers attached. It will hopefully dislodge the jam.
Method 2 Dislodge the jam from the top with a broom handle:
If your garbage disposal doesn’t have a slot on the bottom to allow you to turn the spinning plate, you can use a broom handle. Insert the broom handle into the garbage disposal and try to push the impellers in a counterclockwise motion. This will have the same effect as described in method 1.
If you find or know that something hard fell into your garbage disposal then it will likely need to be removed. You’ll want to use needle nose pliers to safely reach the object to remove it.
When all else fails, call for a plumber from Black Diamond to get your garbage disposal fixed.