Potential Problems

·         No sound or action The disposal tripped its circuit breaker switch for safety reasons!

·         Humming but no action The garbage disposal has something obstructing its grinding teeth and it needs to be unjammed.

·         Water comes up in both sides of my sink - this means that there is a drain blockage farther down the line.

·         The water doesn’t go down when I run my garbage disposal this means there is a drain blockage farther down the line.

·         Leaking the pipe connections to the garbage disposal might be worn out or the garbage disposal’s inner seal is compromised and you need a new unit.

·         Wearing down the mechanism - putting abrasive fluids through it, such as bleach, drain cleaners, and other chemicals will destroy the insides of your garbage disposal. Do not put things like rubber, glass, or metal down the garbage disposal.garbage-disposal

·         What if I need to replace my garbage disposal or don’t already have a garbage disposal? Whether you are remodeling your kitchen and you don’t have a garbage disposal installed, or you just want to replace an old leaking /broken disposal, DB Plumbing can retrofit to accommodate almost any installation!


How to Prevent Garbage Disposal Breakdowns: Garbage disposals used properly and daily will help to keep your kitchen drains open and running clear. Use lots of water and a little food at a time. An easy, natural way to clean your disposal is to fill it with ice cubes and a cup of rock salt. Run it for about ten seconds and you should be good to go. If your garbage disposal is beginning to emit any unpleasant smell, you can deodorize it by running water while grinding lemon slices.


Garbage disposals are GREAT for the environment: Food scraps range from 10% to 20% of household waste, creating public health, sanitation and environmental problems. Storage, truck based collection, burned in waste-to-energy facilities, the high water-content of food scraps does not generate energy, buried in land-fills, food scraps decompose and generate methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas! Garbage disposals effectively regard food scraps as liquid averaging 70% water, like human waste and use existing infrastructure (underground sewers and wastewater treatment plants) for its management. Modern wastewater plants are effective at processing organic solids into fertilizer products (known as bio-solids), with advanced facilities also capturing methane for energy production.