At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Garbage Disposal’

Benefits of Installing a New Garbage Disposal

Monday, June 16th, 2014

If you current garbage disposal is breaking down frequently, making unpleasant grinding sounds you’ve never heard before, or causing sink clogs because it isn’t cutting up food waste efficiently enough, then you should consider a replacement unit. With all the work that a disposal does in a kitchen, it will eventually wear down. (And, if you don’t have a kitchen disposal at all, you should definitely have one installed as soon as possible.)

For installation of a new garbage disposal in Salt Lake City, call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. We offer extensive plumbing services for kitchens that will keep your pipes and appliances healthy and efficient.

Advantages of a new garbage disposal installation

  • Reduced clogs and other damage to your pipes: The whole reason to have a garbage disposal in the first place is to prevent food particles from creating blockages in drains. If a garbage disposal isn’t doing a thorough job of slicing up food waste before sending it into the wastewater line, it will start to send large food deposits into the pipes. This will cause frequent clogging to occur in the plumbing system. It will also cause damage to the pipes by increasing water pressure. Unless you plan to unclog and clean your pipes once a month (and you don’t want to) you should have a new disposal put in.
  • Save energy: Disposals do not use much energy to run, which is one reason they are so useful in a home. But when a disposal starts to malfunction and wear down, it will begin to put a strain on the power and raise your bills—all to do a less effective job than it once did. (You will also waste water trying to wash down the food that keeps getting stuck inside a malfunctioning disposal.)
  • You can purchase a more efficient model: A newer garbage disposal will work better than your old one ever did. Purchasing and installing a new garbage disposal will take advantage of newer technology in waste disposal that will benefit your plumbing and make your kitchen more sanitary.

Installing a new garbage disposal is not a DIY task: the new system must fit perfectly to your sink so it does not leak and has the right flow of water and waste through it so it will not jam up the drainpipe. (Keep in mind that disposals can also be dangerous if mishandled.) For your new garbage disposal in Salt Lake City, UT, contact the professionals at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. We are also ready for disposal repairs 24 hours a day.

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A Few Things to Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

A garbage disposal makes life in a kitchen much easier. Instead of separating out excess food into a composting bucket when cleaning the dishes, you can simply scrape the organic waste down into the disposal, flip the switch near the sink, and like magic the food vanishes.

However, a garbage disposal isn’t magic: it cannot handle anything placed into it. Unfortunately, people often treat it as if it could, and this leads to the majority of garbage disposal malfunctions. To help you keep your kitchen’s disposal in good shape, look over this list of items that you should never put down it.

If you need repairs for a garbage disposal, call for a professional plumber in Salt Lake City from At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. From garbage disposals to sump pumps to whole house repiping, we’ve got your plumbing covered.

Never put the following down a garbage disposal

Your hand: This should be obvious, but just to be on the safe side: don’t put your hand down the garbage disposal for any reason. If you need to unjam the flywheel, have a plumber take care of it.

Inorganic waste: Only organic material should go into a disposal. It’s not a garbage can, so put paper, matches, plastics spoons, bottle caps, etc. in an actual garbage can. Nothing will damage the mechanics of a disposal faster than a loose piece of metal crashing around inside it.

Solid organic waste: I.e. “anything you can’t chew.” If your teeth can’t handle it, your garbage disposal can’t either. So place all chicken bones and unpopped popcorn kernels in the trash.

Liquid fat, oil, and grease: Collectively known as “Liquid F.O.G.”, these substances are the #1 enemy of garbage disposals everywhere. Although these liquids looks harmless going in, each changes into a waxy solid when it dries. This will clog drainpipes and jam up the disposal until its motor burns out. Remove all liquid F.O.G. to a separate receptacle and place them in the trash.

Please keep in mind that any repairs for a garbage disposal that go beyond hitting the reset button at the bottom of the unit should only be done by trained plumbers. Avoid the temptation to reach your hand into the disposal to try to dislodge it! Instead, pick up the phone and call a Salt Lake City, UT plumber who can fix the problem quickly and safely.

You can receive plumbing assistance 24-hours a day from At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. No matter the trouble, our expert plumbers can handle it.

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