How Long You Can Expect Your Garbage Disposal to Last

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Pouring-water-kitchen-sinkPeople often think of the garbage disposal in their kitchen sink as an appliance that will never need to be replaced. To them, it’s just a part of the structure of the kitchen, and until the day the kitchen gets a major renovation, the garbage disposal will hang around and keep doing its job.

This isn’t true, of course. No mechanical appliance can last forever, and a garbage disposal handles an immense workload, operating almost every day. Although a broken disposal can be fixed, at a certain point it will no longer be worth repairing and it’s best to have a new unit installed.

The question is, how long can you expect your garbage disposal to last?


All About Garbage Disposals

Monday, August 19th, 2019

drain-and-spoonSink garbage disposals are so common in residential homes today that people have a difficult time imagining what life would be like without them. Before disposals became common parts of kitchens, food waste needed to be scraped off plates and into a composting bucket which was then taken to the trash. This was not only a time-consuming job, but it also put more waste into landfills. Garbage disposals allow a large amount of food waste to instead go into the municipal sewer treatment system without larger pieces of organic waste clogging up the drains.

We have some information about garbage disposals that can help you take better care of the one in your kitchen. (more…)

Common Garbage Disposal Issues, and How to Deal with Them

Monday, May 8th, 2017

kitchen-sink-disposalThe garbage disposal is one of the most frequently used kitchen appliances in the average home. Despite how much use the system sees, though, many people assume that it will be able to operate indefinitely without developing serious problems. However, if you’re not careful you can end up having to replace your garbage disposal much earlier than you otherwise would have to. Have a look at a couple of the common problems that can afflict garbage disposals, and how to avoid them. (more…)

How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal in Shape This Holiday Season

Monday, November 14th, 2016

How often do you think about your garbage disposal? Not very often, we’re willing to bet. Now, though, with the holiday season upon us, you might want to start giving it a bit more attention. Garbage disposals need help to achieve their full operating potential, and to avoid problems. Read on to find out how to keep yours in ideal shape over the next couple of months. (more…)

Signs That You Need a New Garbage Disposal

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

There are really only a handful of different problems that can afflict garbage disposals. This is because the standard disposal has very few moving parts, and as a result there are fewer ways for things to go wrong. This doesn’t mean a garbage disposal will last forever, though. Eventually, there’s going to come a point where it breaks down and can’t be repaired again. Read on for some of the signs that you need to install a new garbage disposal. (more…)

Things that can Ruin Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Garbage disposals are great inventions, and go a long way towards making our cooking efforts easier. At times, it can almost seem as though they are a comprehensive solution, able to deal with any kind of food waste with ease. This is not the case, unfortunately. Garbage disposals are actually very vulnerable to issues, if not treated properly. If you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible, take a look at some of these things that you should never expose it to. (more…)

How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Your garbage disposal may seem like an unstoppable engine of detritus destruction, but it’s actually quite vulnerable to problems if not properly maintained. Most of the more intense maintenance is best done by a professional. However, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your garbage disposal lasts as long as possible. Read to for a few of these best practices. (more…)

Keep Your Garbage Disposal in Great Working Condition

Friday, June 27th, 2014

As modern homeowners, we have access to a lot of different technologies and appliances which make our lives far more convenient and pleasurable than they may otherwise be. From your water heater to your kitchen sink, many components of your plumbing system are undoubtedly on this list. One such appliance is the garbage disposal, which helps you to cut down on the amount of organic waste that winds up in your trash bin. In order to keep your garbage disposal in Phoenix, AZ working properly, though, you must have some basic information. Keep these tips in mind when using your garbage disposal, and call upon The Trusted Plumber with any questions or service needs that you may have.

Things to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal

First of all, remember that your garbage disposal is not capable of handling every type of waste. There are certain items which can damage your garbage disposal should you try to grind them up therein. If you have animal bones left over after a meal, for instance, those bones should go into the garbage, not down the garbage disposal. The same is true of any fibrous materials, such as celery stalks or corn husks. These materials may not be as hard as animal bones are. However, due to their fibrous makeup, they can become entwined in the moving mechanisms of a garbage disposal, resulting in unnecessary strain on the device and premature wear and tear on its components.

Additionally, you must remember that grease is best kept out of your garbage disposal, and drains in general. Sometimes homeowners forget that liquids are not always going to remain in a liquid state. This is certainly the case with hot grease, oils, and other fats. They are liquids when hot, but they will congeal and solidify when they cool down. If this happens within your plumbing system, it can lead to a serious buildup therein, resulting in clogs. Your garbage disposal can do nothing to prevent this.

We are more than happy to help you get the best performance that your garbage disposal has to offer. Contact us today to schedule service.

Remember to call the Phoenix, AZ garbage disposal experts at The Trusted Plumber with any questions you may have regarding your system.

6 Ways to Prevent a Plumbing Service Call

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Here are some helpful hints to avoid a plumbing emergency.

Not EVERYTHING can go down the garbage disposal.

The words “garbage disposal” may leave you with the impression that if you can fit it in the hole, it’s supposed to go in there.  There are many things that could create a messy situation when they end up in the disposal.

  1. Fibrous foods like celery or lettuce can wrap around the blade and bind it.
  2. Oil and Grease will solidify and cause a stoppage.
  3. Rice and Pasta will expand with water and eventually clog your drain.
  4. Coffee grounds appear to go down the drain but often get caught in the p-trap and cause a blockage.
  5. Bones and fruit pits will dull or break the blades and create a mess that wont go down the drain anyhow.
  6. Anything left from home improvement projects does not go down the kitchen sink.  If it hardens, it will cost a bundle to fix

Washing machine hoses do wear out.

Look your hoses over for cracks or rubbed spots.  If they are worn or over 5 years old, replace them.  It is a simple project to do on your own.  If you’d rather have a professional handle it, we offer that as an additional service to our customers during their annual inspection. Ask your plumber if they could do the same.

Toilets are not made to flush away everything either.

It isn’t just the obvious toy or misplaced keys from the kids or dog that can cause a visit from your plumber.  Cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, cleansing pads, etc… can cause a blocked toilet.  Regardless of what the package says, toilet tissue is the only thing you should expect to flush.  You should also teach children how much is too much.

Keep the tub and shower drains clean.

If you’re like me, you might find that there is a bit more hair at the drain than you had hoped for after each shower.  If you have a drain with large holes in your stand up shower, change it.  A shower and a tub have the same size pipe to drain the water.  Just because you have what appears to be a large strainer in your shower doesn’t mean you can expect more to go down.

Test the main shut off valve.

It sounds minor but your main shut off valve is the first place you go if a major leak occurs.  Occasionally shut the valve off and back on to make sure it works properly. WARNING: If you haven’t done this in a long time and you have a gate type valve, you could end up with a leak, especially if your area has hard water.

Cover your exterior plumbing during the freeze season.

They tell you on the news to cover your plants but a frozen pipe will make a much more expensive repair than replacing a plant.  You can also allow the water to trickle through the line but don’t forget!  Extreme weather is very hard on exterior plumbing.

Be Prepared!

Probably the very best thing to do is be prepared.  When a plumbing emergency occurs it’s not often that you will have ample time to search for someone you know will offer you quality work at a fair price.  Have an inspection done. Evaluate what they find.  Do what you can at that point to prevent other issues and also evaluate their work.  Continue your annual inspections, join a savings program if available, be proactive in keeping things working properly and you’ll be miles ahead of your neighbors that just wait for the unpleasant events to occur.