Garbage Disposal Maintenance

DIY Guide to Garbage Disposal Replacement

Garbage disposals are a convenient appliance that makes short work of food scraps, chopping up leftovers and sending them down the drain, but like any appliance, they eventually need replacing. Garbage disposal installation requires working with the home’s plumbing and electrical systems and also involves working under the sink for an extended period of time. If you’re not in a DIY mood, you can always count on Smiley Plumbing to complete any plumbing installation job you have.

The first step to replacing your garbage disposal is to disconnect the power supply to the unit. Most units plug into an electrical outlet under the sink. Hard-wired units must be disconnected at the circuit breaker. Using a screwdriver, open the unit’s access panel and disconnect the wiring. It’s important to disconnect the electrical cable from the base of the unit as well, as it acts as a ground for the unit. Always use a tester to make certain that the power is off.

Next, unscrew the nut of the clamp that holds the drain pipe to the disposal. Maneuver the pipe out of the way. The unit is then ready to drop down. Loosen the locking ring at the top of the unit by rotating the ring with the help of a screwdriver to release the disposal from the mount. Detach the screws that hold the mounting ring to the underside of the sink. Above the mounting ring is a locking ring. Detach this with the flat blade of a screwdriver.

The flange around the drain on the sink can now be removed and cleaned. Once the sink flange has been cleaned, attach fresh putty around its rim before reinserting it into the sink. Reattach the locking rim and mounting rim and secure tightly, and then remove any excess putty from the sink flange.

It’s easiest to connect the wiring to the new unit before attaching it to the mounting rim. Wiring is usually color coded to make installation easier. If it’s not clear which wires to connect to the new unit, don’t risk injuring your safety or your home’s electrical system. Call a plumbing company in Phoenix to assist you. Once the electrical wires are connected, you can attach the new unit connect it to the drain pipe.

At Smiley Plumbing, we’re happy to offer regular plumbing maintenance that will alert you to any necessary garbage disposal-related plumbing repairs. We’re pleased to handle garbage disposal replacements for you as well. Call 602-910-6582 any day of the week for prompt, quality service.

Garbage Disposal Installation and Maintenance from Smiley Plumbing

As one of the most important features in your sink, your garbage disposal requires essential maintenance to ensure it is always flowing freely. Without proper installation and maintenance, your disposal can quickly back up and cause you a major hassle. Even if you’re looking to upgrade your existing disposal to a newer model, or add one to make your life a little easier, the prompt, professional Phoenix AZ plumbers at Smiley Plumbing can accomplish this task for you.

Like many things in our residential plumbing systems, garbage disposals require critical maintenance services in order to operate at peak performance levels. It is a sad truth, however, that often garbage disposal maintenance takes a backseat to the large plumbing fixtures in our homes, such as toilets and showers. Without proper maintenance for your disposal, it can quickly malfunction, leaving you in the lurch, unsure of what steps to take next. Our trained and experienced plumbers can ensure your disposal is operating at the highest performance levels, allowing you and your family to rest easy when it comes to removing excess food waste. Our professional plumbers can also provide you with easy, at-home maintenance tips to ensure your garbage disposal is always functioning at the highest level possible.

For all your garbage disposal needs in Phoenix and the surrounding area, Smiley Plumbing is here to help. For additional information regarding garbage disposal maintenance or to schedule a service, give us a call at 602-298-8100 or contact us online today.

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Up to Grade

Phoenix AZ plumberConsidering over 50% of sinks now come equipped with them, keeping your garbage disposal in great shape can be a task in itself. A poorly performing garbage disposal can be an inconvenience to any home, not to mention cause strong odors to seep into your kitchen from food leftover. Our Phoenix AZ plumbing experts at Smiley Plumbing know that a lot of work can go into maintaining your garbage disposal, so here are some helpful tips to keep your disposal – and your kitchen – flowing smoothly.

Remember that not all food is meant to go down the disposal. It is best to use small amounts of food at a time to avoid your disposal becoming backed up by an amount it simply can’t process. A garbage disposal can’t process bones, so it is best to simply throw those out after a meat-based meal. Always remember to run cold water while your disposal is running, as this will help the food dispose more quick and smoothly, avoiding any excess buildup.

To better prevent clogged pipes, grind a few small ice cubes down the disposal every so often. This will help ensure the blades in your disposal are sharp and effective, while getting at the hard-to-reach areas in your pipes in the process.

To keep your kitchen smelling clean, citrus fruits down your disposal will do the job. You don’t need to the whole fruit for this, just the peel is equally effective. After cleaning your disposal with ice, grind the rind of a lemon or lime to ensure that a fresh, citrus smell is all that wafts through your kitchen during these hot Texas summers.

For more garbage disposal maintenance tips, or to schedule an appointment for an installation, give us a call at 602-298-8100 or visit us online today.