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If you’re faced with a broken garbage disposal unit and live in the Las Vegas area, Larkin Plumbing has the expertise and knowledge to fix or replace it quickly.

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When it comes to garbage disposals, clogs and smelly drains are a common sign that your unit is not functioning properly. Here are some red flags to look out for and helpful tips on how to best maintain your garbage disposal.

What Are Some Common Garbage Disposal Issues?

Issues we often see with garbage disposals include:

  • Clogged Drains
  • Jammed Blades
  • Malfunctioning Motors
  • Strong Odors

Clogged Drain

The most common problem associated with garbage disposals is a clogged drain. When food is not adequately ground up by the blades, it can become lodged in your drainage pipes. This causes clogs and backups that can lead to drainage issues and heavy odors coming from the sink. Drain cleaning services may be needed to help dislodge big clogs from your pipes if left untreated.

Jammed Blades

You may also experience a jammed garbage disposal if large chunks of food or other materials have fallen into the unit and prevent the blades from moving smoothly. Certain materials that are particular fibrous (i.e. vegetable or banana peels) should never be thrown into your garbage disposal. Also, grease and fats should never be poured down the drain as they will harden and potentially jam up your garbage disposal.

Malfunctioning Motor

Sometimes the motor of the garbage disposal will suddenly fail, so the entire unit no longer works. You’ll know when this happens because the blades stop rotating and you won’t hear the distinct sound of the motor running.

Strong Odors

As mentioned, when food becomes jammed in the disposal or does not fully clear the drain, strong odors will start to develop as the materials begin to decompose. This is a clear sign that your garbage disposal may not be running at optimal levels.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it’s always best to call a professional plumber immediately before the problem gets worse.

Tips to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Properly

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There are some things you can do to help make sure your garbage disposal is always performing at its best and lasts as long as it can. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Do not dispose of grease, fats, meats, pasta, or other fibrous foods using your unit
  • Always have a steady stream of water running while the garbage disposal is in use
  • If it sounds like a part of the disposal has become loose, stop running it immediately
  • Do not overextend your unit by running it for long periods of time

Professional Garbage Disposal Services

It’s important to know that attempting to repair or unclog your garbage disposal yourself can be dangerous and lead to serious injuries. The disposal consists of sharp blades that can cause harm if you’re not careful. This is why it’s essential to contact a professional plumber to service your garbage disposal.

The expert technicians at Larking Plumbing can check your garbage disposal to pinpoint the problem, then determine if it will be more cost effective for you to repair or replace the unit. We have the tools and experience to get the job done quickly and efficiently while causing the least disruption as possible. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (702) 745-8207!