Don’t Throw That Down There!

Your garbage disposal eats a lot of food on the regular, and is quite a handy tool for easy clean up in the kitchen.  Here are the top five foods to keep out of your disposal to eliminate any unpleasant smells from your sink and keep it working in tip top shape.

1.) “Stringy” foods

Celery, asparagus, corn husks and potato skins can wrap around the disposal blades causing it to potentially damage the motor. If you do chose to use these foods in the disposal, do so in small pieces and quantities.

2.) Hard foods

Hard parts of food such as fruit pits, seeds and bones can dull and blend the blades. These foods can cause a jam in the disposal which results in a clog.

3.) Greasy Foods

Avoid pouring grease, oil and fatty foods into the drain. The water cannot break down the base of these foods and a film will build on the blades causing them to function improperly. A clog can occur after the oils and greasy foods solidify.

4.) Expandable Foods

Pasta, rice and other starchy foods will expand when combined with water. The size increase can result in a blocked disposal.

5.) Egg Shells

It is a popular belief that egg shells sharpen disposal blades. The truth is quite the opposite. Egg shells will deteriorate into a grainy state, which, when combined with other foods, can cause a back-up in the disposal.

Staying away from discarding these foods in the disposal should help with its longevity. It is also important to always remember to run COLD water when using the disposal.


Garbage Disposal Repair, Replacement, Installation

Does your garbage disposal make a humming sound but does not spin? Is it stopped up and now has a odor? Call Columbus Plumbers at Crawford Mechanical Services. Our plumbing technicians are highly experienced in fixing all your plumbing needs. Ohio Plumbers can fix jammed garbage disposals, and even unclog your drains. Let Crawford Mechanical Services Columbus plumbers diagnose your problem and cure your garbage disposal. Its much easier for you when your garbage disposal works properly.Crawford Mechanical Columbus Ohio Plumbing Service

Crawford Mechanical Services plumbers can repair or replace the following brands of garbage disposal:

Waste King Kenmore
Sinkmaster Viking
Whirlaway Kitchenaid
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Garbage Disposals: The garbage disposer uses an spinning impeller blade to force debris into the blades along the side. As it spins, it grinds the debris through the blades into particles that can easily be flushed through the drain. The disposer relies on water flow to turn the food bits into a slurry that can be easy flushed through the drain.The garbage disposer is not good at grinding fibrous foods like banana peels, celery, artichokes and corn husks. Fibrous foods do not grind into particles but instead creates strings, which tend to jam the disposer and clog the drain.

Makes humming sounds: It may be jammed, or in a worse case situation, the engine has burned out. You should try to un jam first – many garbage disposers come with an Allen wrench designed to fit into a hole at the bottom of your disposer. Use a flashlight to locate the hole, insert the Allen wrench and turn the disposal back and forth to loosen the jam. Turn the power on at the breaker, run cold water and try to turn the disposal on again.

When turned on, nothing happens: When your disposal stops turning, it is often because it senses an overload of power and automatically shuts off. As a precaution, wait a few moments to let the disposal cool down. Most disposers have a reset button on the underside of them. After the unit is cool, press the reset button, run cold water and try turning it on again. If this does not solve the problem, you may need to inspect the cord or wiring. Do not be ashamed to call Crawford Mechanical Services Columbus plumbers to repair the damaged disposal.

I put something in there, and its jammed: There are a number of simple steps that you can start with. After you check the power is off at the breaker ,use a flashlight to locate and identify the obstruction and, if possible, use metal tongs to lift out the obstruction. If this does not work then you may try using a special turning tool (when available)a broom handle, or a wooden spoon. Turn the power on at the breaker, run cold water and try to turn the disposal on again.

Backed up, draining slowly: Food matter will occasionally accumulate in the drain and cause a clog. If an ordinary drain cleaner does not remedy the clog, you’ll have to get your hands dirty. However, if that task does not appeal to, why not contact Crawford Mechanical Services Columbus plumbers and we can repair it for you.

Foul smells: Like all kitchen appliances , you will need to use frequently and maintain. If a garbage disposal is not used frequently, food can sit a in the disposal and then will start to decompose, causing an odor. Run the disposal at least one time per week and flush with water. If the smell persists, you may have a deeper seated problem – please call Crawford Mechanical Services Columbus plumbers and we can advise you if you need our services.