Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Garbage disposals are supposed to provide convenience, so it's frustrating when they fail to work properly. Know the signs that it is time to replace your disposal so you can avoid frustration.
Leaks beneath the sink aren't something to be ignored, especially since the moisture in the closed environs of an under-sink cabinet is a recipe for mold and wood rot. If the leak is coming from the top or base of your garbage disposal, it is not the drainpipe you should blame. For some garbage disposal leaks, repair is as simple as replacing the gasket on the top of the unit or tightening a drain attachment. In other cases, damage has occurred to the disposal housing itself so the entire unit will need to be replaced.
2. Odd Noises
Although a garbage disposal can be loud when it is in operation, the noise should only consist of the motor and standard grinding noise. If you hear a new noise, such as a squeal or particularly harsh grinding sounds that are outside of the norm, then there is something wrong with the garbage disposal. The problem could be something as simple as a clog, which a plumber can clear safely. In other cases, odd noises can indicate that the motor is failing and that the disposal needs to be replaced.
3. Frequent Jams
The whole purpose of a garbage disposal is to cut down on sink clogs from any food that escapes down the drain. Yet, if items are constantly becoming jammed in the disposal, the sink will still backup all the time. Clearing jams can be especially difficult since it is unsafe to reach into a drain that contains a disposal unit. If your disposal seems to jam constantly, have it inspected by a plumber. They can either repair the issue causing the jams or replace it with a better functioning unit.
4. Odd Shutdowns
Your disposal should run until you switch it off. Sometimes when a disposal is failing, it will shut down on its own or it will fail to power on in the first place. You may have to hit the reset button to get it to operate again. Random shutdowns and instances where it refuses to power on are signs that the disposal is at the end of its working life, so it is best to have a replacement installed.
5. Weak Performance
Garbage disposals aren't meant to grind up everything, but most soft food items should go down with no problem. If it takes a long time to grind up debris or if you are constantly having to clean the drain, you need to replace it with a better performing model.
Contact a plumbing contractor in your area if you need to replace the garbage disposal.