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Garbage Disposal Repair Service

We do Garbage Disposal repair in Meridian, Eagle, Boise, Star, Kuna, Nampa, Caldwell, and beyond!

You would be hard-pressed nowadays finding a home that does not have a garbage disposal installed in the kitchen. Most of us have learned to depend on them as a necessary workhorse in our homes. With this incredible amount of use comes misuse as well. There are many food items you can put in a garbage disposal, but there are also a lot of items that you SHOULD NOT put down a disposal. 

what size garbage disposal do i need in my home?

That can be a difficult question, but we suggest nothing smaller than a 1/2 hp garbage disposal. We have seen many 1/3 hp disposals in apartments especially, but we do not recommend them. They are less expensive, but the upkeep could end up costing you more in the long run because of frequent jams and other issues. We have seen property managers and owners of apartment communities take the garbage disposals out all together because of frequent and costly problems with them. It is likely they only needed an upgraded disposal. We tell those with more than two bedrooms in their homes or apartments to install a 3/4 hp or larger garbage disposal.

What you should not put down a garbage disposal

  1. Do not poor grease or other fats down the garbage disposal. It will eventually clog your pipes.
  2. Do not put anything other than food scraps in the disposal, if you have large pieces throw them in the trash. Your garbage disposal is not a trash can.
  3. Do not run HOT water when using your disposal because it can cause grease clogs in your plumbing.
  4. Do not put cigarette butts in the garbage disposal.
  5. Do not put potatoes or patato peels, rice, pasta, or any other starchy food in your disposal. It will get lodged in your plumbing and create a clog.
  6. Do not put banana peels, celery, or eggshells in your disposal. Anything fibrous could get wrapped around the blades and stop them from spinning properly or can jam the disposal.
  7. Do not pour bleach or drain cleaner down the garbage disposal because it could damage your plumbing, and isn't safe for the environment.
  8. Do not put chicken bones, or any other bones in your garbage disposal. Throw them in the trash.

typical garbage disposal problems requiring a repair

Below are the three most common repair needs for your garbage disposal. We can fix or replace your disposal for you generally in under an hour in most instances.

garbage disposal leaks

Garbage Disposal Leaks

Leaks are the number one problem we run into with garbage disposals. They can leak from the seal where they connect to the sink, from the drain hose running from the dishwasher, the drain fittings, and from the unit itself. The first three leak issues can easily be repaired, but if the garbage disposal is leaking from anywhere in the housing it will have to be replaced.

jammed garbage disposal

Garbage Disposal Jammed

Your garbage disposal can jam when items are put in that should not be there. The most common culprits that cause a disposal jamb is pieces of metal like utensils, jewelry, bottle caps, and pull-tabs that get caught in the shredder plate and it cannot turn. Plastic bags that accidentally end up in the disposal can also cause a jam. Generally you will hear a "humming" sound, and if left running your disposal will overheat and shut off requiring a reset or repair.

clogged garbage disposal

Garbage Disposal Clogged

If you put potato peels, carrot peels, or any other starchy substance in your garbage disposal you are just asking for a clog. Grease is another no-no. Many think if they run hot water in their sink while pouring bacon or hamburger grease into their disposal with the disposer running it will not be a problem. The fact is that grease actually floats on water and when it gets to a cooler part of the drain it will solidify. Grease will build up over time and eventually clog the drain. If not under the sink itelf, further down the drain line where it will be harder to locate.