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Troubleshooting Your Garbage Disposal

logoAs far as major plumbing jobs go, installing a garbage disposal is a pretty simple undertaking. Just because it is not a “major” job does not mean that you should not schedule this service with a trained professional, though, so be sure to let The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas know if you’re ready to have one installed. That being said, there are a few ways in which you may want to troubleshoot your garbage disposal in Las Vegas—and a few to avoid entirely!

If your garbage disposal is not working properly, it is not exactly an emergency. This is a convenient amenity in our homes, but it’s not necessarily integral to daily life. Of course, a lot of amenities aren’t. That doesn’t mean that you want to go without them, though. So here are a few tips for troubleshooting your garbage disposal, as well as a few things not to do. Let a member of our team know if you have any further questions or need to schedule service.

Your Unit Won’t Start At All

It’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it? You flip the switch to activate your garbage disposal, and nothing happens at all! Oh no, time for a plumbing service call! Right?

Well, not necessarily. First things first, locate the reset button on your garbage disposal. You should be able to find this on its underside, but refer to your user’s manual if you can’t locate it. Simply give it a push to reset the system.

If that does not work, hold off on that phone call for one more moment. Is everything else in the vicinity working? Lights are on? Fridge is running? If not, you likely have a blown circuit. Even if it just seems to be your disposal that is not functioning, double check the breaker box. You don’t need a plumbing pro to reset a circuit.

It’s Turning On, But Not Working

Okay, so what you’re looking at is likely a jammed up disposal. What do you do at this point? A lot of homeowners might say:

  1. Shove a utensil down there and try to clear it out or
  2. Reach in and grab whatever is in there to remove the jam.

To these suggestions we say: no!

There should be what’s called a hex nut on the bottom of your disposal that is going to allow you to rotate the impeller mechanism by using the appropriate wrench for that nut. This is the only way you should ever be moving the disposals inner workings on your own. You may also want to pour some boiling water down the drain to loosen up the clog, depending upon what it is made of.

Finally, if you can very clearly see what’s caused the clog, disengage the disposal entirely and grab a long pair of pliers—tongs might do, as well. If you can grip the item in question without getting your hand in there, go ahead and remove it before powering the disposal back up.

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