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Issaquah Breaking a Garbage Disposal

Breaking a Issaquah garbage disposal is never something that you want to do, but something that happens all too often on accident. Sometimes the damage can be quite extensive and unrepairable, leading you to have to replace the entire garbage disposal. Other times you can just fix one part, one piece of it, and that will be enough to make the system work again. The following are a few of the most common ways that people break their systems. You should avoid these things if at all possible so that you do not have to pay any money for repairs or replacement ny hiring a Issaquah professional plumber.


One thing that can cause a disposal to break is if you fill it with too much material so that the motor cannot cause the blades to turn. Keep in mind that the motor is small, probably the size of your first; it only has so much power behind it. Trying to force it to turn through too much material can cause it to overheat or break. You should always put just a little bit of product through at once.

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You also need to remember that a disposal is designed to be run with water from the tap running through it. This helps to soften the food and waste material to make it easier for the motor to break up. This also helps things to cling together so that they form a soft mass and do not come flying back out of the spinning disposal.

Hard Materials

Sometimes, people try to put things that are too hard through a garbage disposal just because they think it can handle anything at all. Some nuts, for example, are too hard and can crack the blades or cause the motor to stick. They could even get caught and hold the blades in place while the motor is still running, making it so that the motor overheats or the blade breaks. You should only put soft food through the disposal.


This is probably the most common problem, the most common reason that people break their garbage disposals. They drop silverware into the sink and it falls into the disposal. There, it can cause all of the same problems that nuts and other hard foods can cause, just to an even greater extent. This can dull the blades or chip them. It is also very bad for the silverware, of course, leaving chips and dents in spoons, knives, and forks. It is much worse for the garbage disposal on the whole, however, since the blades and the motor are too weak to ever cut up a piece of silverware. Something has to give, and it will be the disposal itself.

Call your Issaquah professional plumber for all of you plumbing needs including repair and replacement of your homes garbage disposal.



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