A common call at Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning involves kitchen sink issues, specifically the garbage disposal. To protect yourself from experiencing issues, there are a few things you should not put down the garbage disposal. This would be shrimp shells, generally greasy foods, or foods that do not dissolve.
If you do need to put greasy foods down the garbage disposal, there are some things you can do. First, make sure that you are running hot water as you grind food. Also, pour dish detergent down the drain to help break up greasy substances.
Sometimes garbage disposals just won’t turn on. This is most likely as a result of a safety feature installed in the garbage disposal that protects the internal motor when things go wrong. This can be fixed by first turning the power off and then resetting the disposal. Every garbage disposal has a red reset button underneath it. Simply press this button, turn the power back on and the issue should be relieved. If this does not alleviate the issue, it is time to call a plumber.
Another issue commonly encountered is when a garbage disposal may be jammed. Most importantly, do not stick your hand down the disposal to remove the jam or retrieve lost utensils. If you need to do this, turn the disposal off first.
If these tips do not help alleviate the problem, you might have a bigger issue. Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning is willing and prepared to help fix any issues you experience. Contact us at 972-235-6600. For the fastest service, please fill out the service request form on our website.