Few kitchen appliances get as much hard use and abuse as garbage disposals. Tackling garbage disposal related problems from damaged blades to blocked drains requires plumbing work, although electricians may also be summoned to handle burned motor situations. A garbage disposal plumbing failure calls for a prompt and adequate solution to get this appliance back to working order.
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How a Garbage Disposal Functions
Connected to the residential plumbing system, garbage disposals are attached to the base of kitchen sink drains. Disposals grind food scraps before releasing them down the drain with a strong water flow. The grinding chamber of the garbage disposal collects food matter for the shredder within to chop up into small particles. An impeller arm and plate will force the broken up mixture and liquid down the drainpipe.
A Safety Plumbing Tip:
When cleaning or applying minor do it yourself repair, close the power to the circuit serving the garbage disposal. This will disable the grinding action and allow treatment without endangering hands.
How to Clean Garbage Disposals
Regular cleaning of garbage disposals will go a long way in preventing clogged drains and offensive kitchen odors released out due to mold and bacteria growing on trapped food particles in the appliance. After turning off the power, extract with the aid of tongs or pliers food debris lodged inside the grinding chamber of the garbage disposal. Next, flush the drainpipe clean from small food particles by plugging the drain opening and filling the sink with 4 inches of water. Remove the plug and switch on the garbage disposal. Ensure a contaminated free drainpipe by pouring 1.5 cups of baking soda down the drain, followed with a cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for some minutes before carefully running a medium size pot of boiling water down the drain. Alternatively mix a gallon of water with one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach in a clean container and pour the solution down the drain, after which flush the pipe with cold water.
How to apply Do It Yourself Repair to a Clogged Garbage Disposal
When facing a blocked drain you should first remove the trap. Place an empty bucket below the drain and with a pipe wrench unscrew the fittings to take out the trap. Try to spot the clog and clear it out of the drain. If you fail to detect the obstruction then push and turn a plumber's snake down the pipe until hitting the block, and either break it up or pull it out. When in doubt avail of how to online plumbing guidance or just call in your local plumber to continue with the garbage disposal's plumbing repair.
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Fresh Scented Kitchen
Place several ice cubes in the drain together with citrus fruit rinds and grind away. This will not only clean the garbage disposal's cutting blades but will add a pinch of fresh scent to the kitchen.
Garbage Disposals Brands
- General Electric
- Waste King