Chances are good that you have a garbage disposal in your home. These handy appliances are a great way to get rid of food waste that would otherwise fill up your trash cans, stinking up the house. With a garbage disposal, that food waste is simply washed away down the drain with the rest of the dish water.
Of course, just like any other appliance in your home, your garbage disposal requires professional care from time to time. And when that time comes, Lanz Heating & Cooling is here to help. Our expert plumbers provide all manner of garbage disposal services to homes all over the Champaign–Urbana area.
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When repairing a garbage disposal there are a few easy troubleshoots that you can perform that any homeowner can perform. Sometimes the engine shuts down because of an electricity overload. That is an easy fix, all you have to do is hit the reset button located under the motor. Other times people will have to physically spin the garbage disposal to start it up again. This can be down with a stiff stick, or by spinning the motor from beneath the garbage disposal with an allen wrench.
What a Garbage Disposal Does
Even if you have been using a garbage disposal for years, it is quite possible you do not know exactly what it does. After all, you just dump the scraps down the hole and turn it on and don’t give it a second thought. But if you do use a garbage disposal on a regular basis, knowing how it works can help you spot a problem early and deal with other minor issues that may arise from time to time.
Garbage disposals connect to your sink drain on one end and your main drainage line on the other. In the middle of this apparatus is a set of rotating blades that spin when you turn on the power. All of the food and scraps that you drop down the garbage disposal are ground up by these blades so that they are small enough to pass through the waste pipes into the sewer or septic system.
It’s important to run the water when the garbage disposal is on for a number of reasons. First of all, it keeps the motor and blades of the garbage disposal from overheating as they are spinning. It also helps to push the food scraps into the blades so that they can be processed more quickly and thoroughly. And the water is important because it makes it less likely that bits of food waste will get stuck in your garbage disposal and begin to smell.
Garbage Disposal Installation
If you do not have a garbage disposal but would like to have one put in, call a professional plumber to take care of the installation. Garbage disposals are not terribly complicated pieces of equipment, but they do need to be installed properly so that they are less likely to leak or crack. The last thing you want is for a stinky combination of water and food waste to start leaking out below your sink.
Garbage Disposal Maintenance and Repair
A stinky garbage disposal is something you can probably take care of on your own with proper and thorough cleaning. But there are some other problems your garbage disposal can develop that will require professional attention. And when that happens, Lanz Inc. will be there to take care of the issue.
Whether your garbage disposal is leaking, failing to grind up food or has simply become too clogged for you to fix on your own, our expert plumbers are only a phone call away. No matter where you are in the Champaign, IL area, we will have someone out to help you as quickly as possible. Call today if you would like to learn more about our products and services or if you need to schedule a service visit.