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Edmonton Garbage Disposal Repair Services

A garbage disposal unit attached to the bottom of a kitchen sink basin inside a cabinet located just below the sink in an Edmonton, AB home.

The kitchen sink is a critically important fixture in any house. Fruits, vegetables, meats and other items often need to be washed, and when you're in the middle of all that washing, chopping and other prep work, some peels, rinds and other debris are likely going to end up in the sink where you'll have to scoop them back out with your hands—unless you've got a garbage disposal. Edmonton homeowners love these helpful little appliances because they make food scraps disappear down the drain, never to be seen again.

But as useful and hard-working as you may find your garbage disposal, Edmonton plumbing systems can't keep chugging along forever without repair and maintenance services, and your garburator is no exception to the rule. From disgusting odors to alarming leaks, it can cause all sorts of trouble for your household until you get repair services from a qualified plumber to get it back in proper working condition.

When you need repair or replacement for your garbage disposal, Edmonton plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton have the experience and skill to get the job done right. We're proud of our exceptional workmanship and customer service that goes the extra mile. Let us show you why locals here often recommend our plumbers by name when they see our dedication for themselves.

Warning Signs You Need Repairs for Your Garbage Disposal in Edmonton

Sometimes the damage occurs suddenly and it's not difficult at all to identify the fact that you need Edmonton garbage disposal repair. But the majority of the time, the issue with your waste disposal unit is caused by slow deterioration that happens incrementally over a long period of time. That makes it a lot easier to ignore or simply not notice when your unit isn't performing as well as it used to.

Not sure when to call a professional plumber for help with a garbage disposal? Edmonton residents who are aware of the following signs of trouble will be able to figure out what's going on and call their plumber for help before the damage gets out of hand and replacement is the only option available. Here are some garburator warning signs to watch out for:

Unpleasant Smells

Is there a nasty odour wafting up from your kitchen sink? Normally, food particles should be rinsed out of your garbage disposal so they don't cause odours. But if there is a distinctly rotten smell coming from it, that can indicate that the scraps aren't getting chopped finely by the blades or there's some other issue that is preventing drainage out of the garbage disposal. Edmonton residents may be able to solve this plumbing problem on their own by giving their unit a good cleaning with ice and salt, but if you've tried cleaning and it didn't solve the issue, or you're dealing with a clogged kitchen sink, it's time to call your plumber. We can disassemble the unit and give it a good cleaning, but if the problem is that the blades are broken or worn out, a complete replacement is likely going to be the most cost-effective option.

Water Takes a Long Time to Drain

When there is slow moving wastewater that is taking what seems like forever to drain out of a sink through a garbage disposal, Edmonton homeowners typically assume that the garburator is to blame—but in most cases, the clog is lurking in the drain pipes below the garbage disposal. Edmonton homeowners can rest assured that plumbers on our team will, of course, check your unit to make sure it's not the culprit, but it's more likely that you'll need clogged drain cleaning services rather than Edmonton garbage disposal repair.

Garbage Disposal Unit is Leaking

If you wander up to the kitchen sink and find yourself standing in a mysterious puddle of water, or open the cabinet under your sink and discover water dripping from the bottom of your garbage disposal, Edmonton plumbing professionals can help. A leaky garbage disposal can cause quite a bit of water damage in a short period of time, so it's not the kind of thing you should just throw a bucket under and ignore. The issue is usually located around the joint where the garbage disposal is attached to your wastewater pipes. Whatever is causing the leak, we'll get it stopped to ensure you don't have to deal with problems like wood rot, warped flooring, mildew and other signs of moisture damage.

Unusual Humming or Rattling Noise

Your unit normally makes some noise when it's turned on, especially when it's actively grinding up food scraps. But if it starts making a loud humming or rattling noise that you've never heard before, that's an indication that you've got a jammed garbage disposal. Edmonton, a note of caution before we proceed—it's extremely important to cut off power to your garburator before attempting to dislodge any kind of blockage. You can use a flashlight to get a look in there and see if a random fork or something like that got tangled up in there. If there's no obvious, visible problem, it could be that some of the machine components have fallen out of alignment and are grinding against each other. In that case, your plumber may be able to get it working again with a few adjustments.

Unit is Completely Silent

Strange sounds aren't a good sign—but neither is total silence. If you turn your unit on and it doesn't make a sound, the first thing to check is the power supply. If the unit is plugged in, the next step is to check your circuit breakers for power issues. No flipped circuit breaker? In that case, the problem is likely related to a broken or failing motor in your garbage disposal. Edmonton plumbers generally recommend replacement for that problem, as purchasing an entire new unit is less costly and time-consuming than trying to save a motor that is on its last legs.

Mr. Rooter is the Right Choice for Edmonton Garbage Disposal Repair

You need every part of your plumbing system in perfect working order so your household can go about their daily lives and maintain personal sanitation. That's why it's such a pain to deal with components that just aren't working correctly, even if it's something relatively minor like the garbage disposal. Edmonton residents can rely on the team of professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton for services such as garburator repair and garbage disposal installation, but of course that's not all we do. You can also turn to us to solve a wide range of plumbing issues with services such as drain cleaning, plumbing repair work for a leaking pipe and even electric water heater repair.

Frequently Asked Questions About Services for a Garbage Disposal in Edmonton

Is There Anything I Shouldn't Put Down My Garbage Disposal in Edmonton?

We're glad you asked, because there are, in fact, quite a few things you should not put down your garbage disposal. Edmonton homeowners are often unaware that their garburator can't handle all types of food. It's mostly intended for organic waste such as fruit and vegetable peels, scraps of produce and similar stuff. However, not all veggie and fruit waste is suitable for your unit either. Here are some of the many things you should keep away from your garbage disposal in Edmonton:

  • Fat, Oil and Grease: These may be liquid when they go into the unit, but they coat everything and create a sticky mess that can lead to blockages. They're also really bad for your drain lines and are the leading cause of clogged drains in kitchens.
  • Coffee Grounds and Eggshells: Any items that can be ground into a paste, such as coffee grounds or eggshells, have the potential to cause major problems for your garbage disposal. Edmonton homeowners can prolong the life of their unit by making sure these types of items land in the trash or compost.
  • Corn Husks and Onion Skins: Anything that is thin but tough and fibrous can get wrapped around the blades and cause a big issue that can cause the unit to break down entirely. This is actually a problem with eggshells as well because of the thin membrane on the inside of the shell.
  • Potato Peels: Anything that is small enough to fall between the blades will do exactly that, and cause a clog in the pipe below the garburator unit.
  • Pasta and Rice: Dry material that expands in water, like uncooked pasta or rice, is absolutely terrible for your unit and your drain pipes, because once it gets wet it will expand and cause a nasty clog.
  • Hard Items: Fruit pits, bones, nut shells and other hard food scraps are far too sturdy to be broken down by your garburator blades. Instead, they'll cause your unit to break down and you'll end up needing a replacement because the blades are bent way out of shape or broken off altogether.
  • Hot Water: This one might sound odd, because of course plenty of hot water is going to pass through your unit—and that's fine. But when you actually have it switched on and grinding, you should always have cold water running. If there are any little clumps of fat or solidified grease, you want to keep them in chunks instead of melting them with hot water so they spread around the inside of your unit.

How Long Will a Garbage Disposal in Edmonton Last Before It Needs Replacement?

The length of time you can expect your unit to operate before it breaks down is going to vary quite a bit based on how well it is cared for and maintained over the years. In general, you can expect it to last around ten years before it will need to be replaced. But you may be able to squeeze a bit more service out of it if you take care to clean it frequently and avoid subjecting it to the types of things that are listed above.

How Do I Clean My Garbage Disposal in Edmonton?

Need to clean out a smelly garbage disposal? Edmonton residents have a few options that they can try before turning to a plumber. Try these steps to get your garburator smelling fresh and clean again—or at least not smelling like rotting food:

  • Drop a big handful of ice cubes into your unit and follow it up with a few tablespoons of basic salt, and turn it on. Once the ice cubes are gone, give it a good rinse with cold water.
  • Cut up citrus peels from an orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit and feed the strips into your garburator one by one while the cold water faucet is running.
  • Dump some baking soda in and follow it up with a cup of white vinegar. Give it a few minutes to fizz, then rinse it thoroughly with cold water.

If you try these methods and the odour persists, there may be a more serious problem that needs the attention of an experienced plumber.

Need Repairs for Your Garbage Disposal in Edmonton? Rely On Mr. Rooter

It doesn't matter whether you're in Edmonton or part of the surrounding area such as Sherwood Park or St. Albert—you can still get the same outstanding, professional service from the team of experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton.

Get in touch with us today by calling 780-429-3600 so we can show you why we're considered Edmonton's first choice for reliable garbage disposal repair. Our friendly customer service staff are ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have or schedule an appointment for service at a time that works best for you.

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