If a garbage disposal clogs, and you can’t clear it yourself, then it’s time to call the experts. The clog may be deep within the disposal where you cannot reach it from the sink, which means the disposal may need to be taken apart to locate and clear the clog.
Experienced plumbers familiar with the ins and outs of a garbage disposal know how to do this without causing more damage. However, for someone with little to no knowledge of the inner workings of a garbage disposal, any attempt to take it apart may cause more problems.
However, clogs are not the only reason a garbage disposal may need to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- New or unusual grinding noises have begun occuring
- The disposal starts vibrating erratically when turned on
- The disposal won’t turn on or shuts off quickly after being turned on
- Bad odors enter the house where the disposal is installed
- Water is leaking beneath the sink
If you notice these or any other problems, contact a plumber immediately. If the disposal is experiencing a minor problem, it can be fixed quickly and inexpensively. However, if the problem is left untreated, it might cause the entire disposal to stop working altogether.
It’s also a wise idea to have your garbage disposal and the rest of your plumbing system inspected regularly. Yearly checkups can detect unseen problems before they lead to real damage.