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.
A garbage disposal is a regularly used tool that will eventually wear down over time. If you do not perform proper maintenance, the disposal may last around 8-10 years. However, you may be able to get 15-20 years out of your garbage disposal if you use it properly and make sure it is well taken care of.
To figure out if you need a garbage disposal replacement, you’ll want to have a plumber inspect the device. They may find a simple fix to a problem that will add years of extra life.
However, the necessary repairs may cost more than a new garbage disposal. It’s also possible that internal damage is so significant that no repairs are possible. In these cases, you will need to replace your garbage disposal.
The price of a new disposal can vary greatly depending on the brand, quality, horse power, and other factors. Nonetheless, they aren’t incredibly expensive considering how long they last. Contact Cooper’s Water for options and pricing.