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Signs of a Broken Garbage Disposal


Garbage disposals are not regularly on the minds of homeowners. This popular kitchen feature is used on a daily basis and consumes a variety of different foods, textures, and substances. Homeowners generally don’t worry about it until something goes wrong. There are a variety of common signs that suggest a garbage disposal is broken and needs repair or replacement.

  • Smelly odor – If your garbage disposal has a strong odor it is a sign that it needs to be cleaned by a professional. There are some home remedies you can try to eliminate the odor until the plumber arrives. Popular deodorizing remedies include flushing hot water and vinegar down the sink. Vinegar has a disinfecting property and helps destroy bacteria that can be responsible for the odor.
  • The disposal won’t turn on – If the garbage disposal doesn’t turn on with the flip of the switch there is an issue. The most common explanation is related to the outlet the disposal is connected to. First, try to turn the breaker switch connected with the outlet on and off then on again. You should also try to hit the reset button on the outlet itself. If this doesn’t fix the issue it’s time to contact a professional plumber for further assistance.
  • The disposal takes too long – If it takes a long period of time for the disposal to chop up food it’s a sign the blades are dull. The good news is you won’t need to replace the entire disposal and you only need to have the blades sharpened by a professional plumber.
  • You hear a metal noise – If you hear a noise that sounds like metal scraping against metal it’s time to call for help. The cause could be due to a foreign object falling into the disposal or it could be a significant sign new parts are needed.
  • It clogs easily – A disposal that clogs on a regular basis needs to be inspected by a professional. There are a number of issues that can cause this situation. Only a professional can determine if maintenance and repair are necessary.

Don’t wait until your garbage disposal doesn’t work anymore. Make sure you take care of it by only putting food into the disposal and flushing it with water during use. Also, cleaning the disposal with a combination of one cup of water and one cup of white vinegar will help keep the disposal clean and free of odor. If you are having trouble with your garbage disposal contact a plumber today.


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Top 3 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions


What do I do now? This question is asked by homeowners every day. Plumbing is a complicated subject that homeowners often feel overwhelmed when a problem arises. Some homeowners prefer to solve plumbing problems by doing DIY projects, while others prefer to call the plumber immediately. The following 3 questions are the most common asked by homeowners.

  1. Do I need to hire a professional plumber?

Yes. Most homeowners don’t realize that leaks and other plumbing issues can quickly become worse and cause health hazards to everyone in their household. Mold can develop behind walls, ceilings, pipes, flooring and more. Exposure to toxic mold can hinder the health of some individuals. If you choose to do DIY plumbing projects, make sure you do it properly. If not, you can be putting your family at risk. If you are not familiar with plumbing you definitely need to hire a professional for further assistance.

  1. Why is there water near the water heater?

Homeowners are often filled with questions when they find water surrounding the water heater but no signs of leaks. This happens when the bottom of the water heater rusts and holes are created causing leaks. If you notice any water near your hot water heater call a plumber immediately. A professional plumber will confirm if you need to repair your or replace the water heater.

  1. Why does the toilet keep running?

If your toilet is running constantly there are issues in the tank causing the problem. This is something you need to fix immediately since it is also responsible for raising your water bill to heights homeowners don’t want to see. The first thing you want to do is remove the lid to the tank and take a look inside the tank. Sometimes the problem is as simple as the chain needing adjustment, while other times it can be parts that need replacement. Look for rust or broken parts in the tank. If you observe anything unusual contact a plumber for further assistance.

As a homeowner, you know that many other questions follow the three most common questions listed above. Remember if you are comfortable with conducting minor DIY plumbing projects you can fix a variety of issues in your house such as replacing a washer on the faucet or replacing small parts in the toilet tank. Even if you are highly skilled at these tasks, it’s always best to contact a plumber for any big issues such as unusual odors and leaks. Make an appointment today to assure your plumbing is working at its best!


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How to Prevent Clogged Pipes


Oh No! The pipes are clogged and water is building up in the shower or sink! What do I do now? Don’t panic. The first thing you need to do is focus on unclogging the pipes. Sometimes a simple session, using a plunger will do the trick and get the pipes flowing as usual. But, there are other times when you need to call in a professional for further assistance.

Causes of Clogged Pipes

  • Hair
  • Soap Buildup
  • Grease Buildup
  • Objects
  • Food Particles

Preventing Clogged Pipes

  • Drain Protectors – If hair is the cause of your clogged pipes invest in screen drain protectors. You can purchase these affordable gadgets online or at your local hardware and home repair store. You place the screen protectors over your shower drains to catch the hair. It is recommended that you clean them frequently such as once or week or more.
  • Use the Garbage Disposal Correctly – A garbage disposal is a valuable tool for households. It allows you to grind food instead of placing it in the garbage can which leads to odor and attracts pests such as roaches, ants, and rodents. Always flush the garbage disposal with water as you use it. Remember to cut large items into small pieces to make it easier for the garbage disposal to grind up the food.
  • Clean the Pipes Regularly – You can keep your pipes in top condition by keeping them clean and preventing them from forming soap and grease buildup. The following tip will help keep the pipes clean and prevent clogs.

Tip

Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse it with hot tap water for one minute. The vinegar breaks down grime and grease keeping the pipes clear and preventing clogs.

If you already have clogged pipes you will want to determine if it’s something you can unclog or something a professional should handle. For example, if you have a clogged shower drain due to hair building up in the pipes you might be able to fix it yourself by using the plunger and preventing it from happening again in the future.

However, if you are not sure what is causing the clog you need to contact a plumber immediately for further assistance. Keep your pipes clean and clear from clogs with the information listed above. If you need further assistance contact me, Chip Mokher today!


Mokher Profile PicSince 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com