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Professional Garbage Disposal Installation in Houston

When you run your garbage disposal nowadays, do you ever think of the Flintstone’s prehistoric garbage disposal from the original cartoons? It was a strange animal called a Pigasaurus. A creature perfectly suited to its job lying directly under the kitchen sink. Fred or Wilma would just shove food through the drain, and the pig would open its mouth and eat it all up, including bones and food that other people ate.

What is the purpose of the garbage disposal?

In reality, the garbage disposal unit is a device that is usually electrically powered. Similarly, to the Pigasaurus, it’s installed under a kitchen sink between the sink’s drain and the trap. The unit’s object is to shred food waste into pieces small enough (generally small enough 2mm) to pass through plumbing. Anyone who cooks meals for their family (or cleans up after them) can attest to all the positive features a modern garbage disposal installation provides them.

The difference between today’s garbage disposals and those of the Flintstones’ era is that the modern-day ones don’t let out a giant belch at the end.

Who invented the garbage disposal?

The garbage disposal unit was invented by John W. Hammes from Racine Wisconsin in 1927. Though he applied for a patent in 1933, it didn’t reach the commercial market until 1940.

During the 1930s and 40s, the municipal sewage system developed regulations that prohibited placing food waste into their system because it wreaked such havoc on their pipes. The InSinkErator spent a considerable effort and was very successful in convincing many municipalities to overturn these prohibitions.

Why should you install a garbage disposal unit?

Garbage disposals have become so inexpensive to purchase and install, that it doesn’t make sense to put up with the smelly trash can full of rotten food anymore. A garbage disposal allows for easier kitchen clean-ups. It helps prevent insects, mice, and other vermin from using your home as their personal food court.

Garbage disposals are pretty much standard issue in new home construction and kitchen remodels. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, or just want to upgrade your home with modern convenience, call the garbage disposal installation experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services.

How long does a garbage disposal last?

Typically, your garbage disposal should last around a decade before the blades begin to wear down or the motor burns out. This, of course, depends on when you installed it. You can expect your garbage disposal to last in the range of 8-15 years. Remember, this can vary depending on how often you use it and maintain it properly.

How should I maintain my garbage disposal?

Remember, garbage disposal units are only intended to process biodegradable food. That means you should never put anything down there, such as chicken or meat bones, plastic, or metal. Avoid dumping oil, grease, and celery (which gets stringy and caught in the blades and can clog the drain). Rice or pasta are also troublesome as they expand when they get wet. Disposing of fruit pits which in the disposal will damage the blades and banana skins are thick enough to clog the drain.

What are some signs I need to replace my garbage disposal unit?

If you have a unit that runs quietly and is working efficiently, as it chews up quickly what you feed it, then it’s in good shape. Yet, if it’s turned on and not grinding or there is a horrible smell coming from the sink, you might have a problem.

It’s not making any noise, but it’s turned on.

First and foremost, DO NOT put your hands into the garbage disposal unit to check if the blades are moving. This goes without saying at all times. But especially if you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem. We would advise that you make sure the unit is plugged in. If it is plugged in, hit the reset button, which is most often found at the bottom of the unit and red. It should be popped out-press it.

If that does not get things moving, take a look at your circuit breaker and make sure it hasn’t tripped. If it’s turned off in the electrical service panel. If the breaker has not tripped and the reset button has not popped out, then the unit itself could be damaged altogether. In that case, we recommend that you replace your garbage disposal unit with a new one. Unless you are a trained electrician and are willing to take the unit apart to find the problem?

Leaking Garbage Disposal

Suppose water or any other liquid is leaking from your garbage disposal unit. In that case, it could signal an easy or far more severe repair. The first place to check for a leak would be at the sink’s drain hole, also known as the sink flange. In that case, it can either be that the rings need to be tightened or that the plumber’s putty was not of the highest quality and needs to be reapplied.

A more complicated situation might arise when the garbage disposal unit gets a hole in the actual case. This can happen when a sharp object gets stuck in there, such as a knife or a sharp bone. Cracks and holes are quite common in older garbage disposals.

Leaks can also happen at the discharge drainpipe and dishwasher connection. The dishwasher connection may need the clamp tightened. In the case of the drainpipe, the bolts might just need to be tightened.

Yet with these types of bolt tightenings and washer leaks, we recommend that you contact a professional such as Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services. We have the correct tools to perform the task and ensure they’re done accurately.

Smelly Garbage Disposal

A smelly or foul odor emanating from the garbage disposal that won’t go away is a sign it’s time to replace your disposal unit. As the part of your garbage disposal unit wear out, the blades get increasingly duller. As that happens, more and more food gets trapped, and it starts to decompose in the unit. The smell wasn’t too bad at first, and slices of lemon would make it go away at first. Eventually, there wasn’t enough lemon at the grocery store to mask that smell, and you started noticing it every time you came back into the home. This isn’t a case of simply replacing parts of the garbage disposal unit. You need to replace your unit altogether. That’s where Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services can help. Give us a call, and we can help get you fitted with a new garbage disposal unit.

Garbage Disposal Unit is Jammed

If your garbage disposal unit has been making a mild humming noise instead of its usual healthy roar when it eats your food, something might be blocked. Un-jamming, a garbage disposal unit, is something that depends on the brand that you own. Each one has a unique off function when they’re stuck to the point of stalling the motor. Today’s garbage disposal units are designed so that anyone can remove the blockage safely. Underneath the unit is located a small slot, and each one comes equipped with a tiny wrench to match it. If you’ve lost the wrench that came with the unit, call the store where you bought it, they should sell replacement wrench for as little as $3-$5. You can also you an Allen wrench as well on certain brands of garbage disposal units.

Using the garbage disposal wrench, insert it through the drain hole until it hits the bottom of the disposal. Then turn it slightly so that it locks on to the shredder plate of the unit. Turn the wrench back and forth so that it locks on to the shredder plate of the unit. Once the shredder plate starts rotating freely, remove the wrench from the disposal unit. Keep some cold water running and CAREFULLY turn on the disposal unit to wash away debris left in the disposal unit.

Garbage Disposal Unit is Draining Slowly

If you’ve given your disposal plenty of time to drain and still try to rid itself of the food, liquid, and debris, it’s safe to say that it’s plugged. First and foremost, as previously stated, DO NOT put your hands down inside the unit to see if something is stuck around the blades. Those blades are incredibly sharp and could do irreparable damage to your fingers and hand. Make sure everything is turned off before you ever stick your hand down into a garbage disposal unit.

Instead, we recommend either a commercial drain cleaner or vinegar and baking soda to dislodge the blockage in your pipes. If that doesn’t work, then give us a call at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services. We know how to properly remove the bolts, disconnect the drain trap, and look for any obstructions or clogs. Our trained plumbers will have the proper equipment on hand to clear the blockage with the most modern and useful tools.

How much does it cost to have your garbage disposal unit professionally installed?

Whether you’re installing a garbage disposal unit for the first time or having one replaced at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services parts can range in price from $70-$650. The cost of labor runs anywhere from $190-$390, depending on what needs to be done.

Invest in a garbage disposal unit

There are plenty of “do-it-yourself” videos showing you how to install a garbage disposal. While it’s not the most challenging plumbing task, it should be handled by a licensed and experienced plumbing expert. So many things can go wrong when installing a garbage disposal unit. Not only are you dealing with your household’s plumbing, but you’re working with electricity as well when you tamper with your home’s breakers.

At Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services, we’ve been in business since 1979. We’ve successfully installed and replaced thousands of garbage disposal units in the Houston area. Let us get the job done. So that you can enjoy working in your kitchen and quickly dispose of your biodegradable waste.

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