Need to replace a faulty garbage disposal or install one in your home for the first time?
Gem Plumbing is here to help! Our expert plumbers can determine the right unit for your needs and install it in no time. Should your garbage disposal break, Gem Plumbing is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help fix it.
Common issues with garbage disposals include:
Disposal won’t grind properly, even though the motor keeps humming
Noises are noticeably louder than usual
Disposal will start to run but shut off before you turn it off
Leaks and puddles form below the disposal
Water pools in the sink area
We tend to make our garbage disposals work pretty hard for our kitchens, but there are steps you can take to help prevent clogs or damage to your disposal:
- Don’t put starchy, stringy, or sticky foods down your disposal. These include potato peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds
- Keep your disposal smelling fresh by regularly feeding it pieces of lemon peel or ice cubes
- Try treating your disposal with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar - mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar, pour down the disposal, let sit until foaming stops, then rinse down the drain.
If you’re having trouble with your garbage disposal, there are a few steps you can try before calling Gem Plumbing.
First, try pushing your garbage disposal reset button. This is typically a small red button on the bottom of your disposal underneath your sink. Check the manufacturer’s website for specific instructions for your model.
Unplug your garbage disposal or, if it’s hard-wired, turn off the electrical circuit that powers your garbage disposal. Plug the disposal back into the outlet or turn the electrical circuit back on to see if that fixes your problem.
If your disposal still doesn’t work, unplug it from the wall and/or turn off the electrical circuit again. Use a flashlight to inspect the inside of your disposal for items that may have jammed or clogged your disposal. While the disposal is unplugged, you may reach your hand in to try to remove the item that’s jammed or clogged it.
If none of these resolve your garbage disposal problem, call Gem Plumbing at 877-436-6684 - we’d be happy to help!