Garbage Disposals

We know that when something goes wrong with your Tacoma garbage disposal, you want it fixed right away. That’s why our professional plumbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Problems with your garbage disposal can be stressful and expensive. But with the right professional plumber on your side, most plumbing problems can be avoided.

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What You Should Know About Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are pretty simple and they all work on a similar principle. They have a flat plate with small, rotating, steel mashers, and an Garbage Disposals in Washington - Tacomainner disposal wall that has "teeth" to do the job of grinding your food waste. A motor inside the unit rotates the flat plate in the food-grinding area. When you switch the unit on, the mashers are forced to swing toward the outside of the spinning plate.

Quick  Tip - The most common things that go wrong with garbage disposals.  Always make sure the water is running when ever the disposal is running. It is always better to use your garbage can, rather then the disposal. Potato peals will cause your drain to get clogged,

Disposals should be run just until the food has been ground up-which is usually less than 30 seconds. Also, make sure to run a full stream of cold water through the disposal while it grinds. Then let the water run for another 30 seconds after you turn off the disposal.  There are two primary types of disposals:

Continuous feed garbage disposals - When you place food in the disposal and switch it on, the mashers force food against the teeth of the inner wall and shred it. The shredded food then falls through small holes between the spinning plate and the inside walls, and is diverted into the drainpipe.

The job of the rubber shield at the top of the disposal is to keep fast-moving food particles from being ejected out of the disposal. The stopper lets you plug the sink to hold water when you're not using the disposal.

Batch feed garbage disposals - Batch feed disposals function exactly like continuous feed disposals–the difference is only in how you turn them on. To turn these garbage disposals on, you place a special stopper in the disposal opening and turn it. The stopper activates a switch that turns on the disposal.

Your garbage disposal can jam if something solid or tough gets lodged between the spinning plate and the inside wall of the disposal. There aren't many parts of your garbage disposal that you can or should service yourself, so be sure to call a service professional for any repairs your disposal may need. And, be sure to never put your hands near the opening while it is running.

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