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GARBAGE DISPOSAL REPAIR

CLEARING AND REPAIRS FOR ALL KINDS OF GARBAGE DISPOSALS

Garbage disposals are perhaps the most-abused appliance in the kitchen. Anything and everything gets jammed down the garbage disposal — including many things that shouldn’t. When your kitchen garbage disposal is jammed, clogged, leaking, or broken, Plymouth Plumbing & Heating can perform emergency garbage disposal repairs. 

Our experienced plumbers have seen practically every kind of problem with garbage disposals. We can clear clogs, fix leaks, free jammed units, or replace units to get your kitchen back into working status quickly and efficiently. Call us for garbage disposal repairs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including nights, weekends, and holidays. 

Garbage Disposal Replacement & Installation

Replacing Your Old or Installing New Garbage Disposals

Plymouth Plumbing & Heating proudly carries Insinkerator Garbage Disposals. Insikerator is the only garbage disposal that is Made in the USA from 80% domestic products. We can recommend a model to meet your needs and configuration for replacement or new installations. Call us when you have garbage disposal problems and need repairs or replacement services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How Do I Know When My Garbage Disposal is Clogged?

Even when using a garbage disposal correctly, some food or other organic material can become stuck or clog the drain. If you hear a humming noise when trying to operate the garbage disposal, instead of the normal grinding noise, you likely have something stuck in the disposal mechanism. The unit may also run loudly, run and halt, or refuse to run at all. When any of these events occur, your garbage disposal is likely clogged.

What Do I Do if My Garbage Disposal Doesn’t Work?

First, turn your garbage disposal off. Don’t continue to run it when it’s jammed, this will simply burn out the motor. When your garbage disposal doesn’t work, Plymouth Plumbing & Heating has a team of experts ready to help. We carry a range of Insinkerator garbage disposals you can trust to get the job done. We offer repairs, replacements, and installations. If it’s an emergency repair, our Plumbing Technicians are ready to help 24/7.

How Can I Clear a Clogged Garbage Disposal?
  1. Unplug the garbage disposal. Never operate a clogged garbage disposal. You could burn out the motor. You should also never attempt any work on a garbage disposal without first disconnecting the power source.
  2. Clean with natural cleaners (baking soda and vinegar) or Drano. Allow the cleaner to fizz in the drain before washing it down with scalding hot water.
  3. Run water to clear the clog.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. If the clog remains, see if you can locate any item that could be jammed in the garbage disposal and blocking the drain. Remove any items you can free and pluck out.
  6. If a problem still remains, vigorously plunge with a plunger. Be sure to fill the sink so that water covers the plunger.
  7. If the clog remains, it’s time to call a plumber. Plymouth Plumbing & Heating professionals are here to help with garbage disposal repairs, installations, or replacements.
What If My Garbage Disposal Leaks?
  • Leaking from the top? Most likely it is a corroded or loosened sink flange. This is the seal that connects the disposal to your sink. Your disposal needs to be resealed.
  • Leaking from the bottom? The culprit could be broken seals inside the disposal. Internal seals wear out with use, so it’s time to get a new garbage disposal.
  • Leaking from the side? A common problem is drain line leaks. These are connected to the sides of your garbage disposal. The small pipe connects the disposal to the dishwasher. The larger pipe connects the disposal to the sewer. You need to tighten and reseal these connections.

If you are experiencing a leak you can’t fix, call Plymouth Plumbing & Heating today for emergency garbage disposal repair. We are available 24/7/365.

Can I Run the Dishwasher if My Garbage Disposal is Broken?

The dishwasher wastewater is typically connected to the garbage disposal through a small hose. If your broken disposal only affects the motor blades, it will not affect your dishwasher drain and discharge. So, it’s safe to use.

How Much Does Garbage Disposal Repair Cost?

Your garbage disposal repair cost will vary according to the problem it presents. Some problems are simple to fix and require no parts or component replacement, while others may require hoses or complete unit replacement. Most garbage disposal repair costs fall between $70 to $400. A Plymouth Plumbing & Heating professional can provide an estimate after examining your garbage disposal problem.

What Should Not Be Put Down a Garbage Disposal?
  1. Coffee Grounds - Although grounds appear finely milled, they are dense and turn paste-like when removed from the filter. This is a surefire way to clog your drain.
  2. Pasta, Rice, and Bread - These foods all absorb water and expand, making them easy culprits for drain clog.
  3. Animal Bones - Bones are too difficult and tough to grind.
  4. Nuts and Shells - Your grinder is simply not built for this type of food.
  5. Pits and Seeds - They are small and hard, not ideal for disposal. Rule of Thumb: If you can’t cut it with a knife, throw it in the trash.
  6. Egg Shells - Their membranes can obstruct the grinder.
  7. Stringy Fruits and Vegetables - The fibrous strands may be good for your health but they are bad for your grinder, especially banana peels, celery, corn husks, or rhubarb.
  8. Potato Peels - Potato peels can catch in the drain. Avoid starchy beans and vegetables as well.
  9. Grease, Oil, and Fat - These can congeal in your pipes, causing a blockage.
  10. Non-Food Materials - This should be obvious. If it isn’t biodegradable food, it should not be thrown down your drain. Paper towels, plastic wrappers, tissues all can lead to major plumbing problems.

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James Goldbeck
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02:22 14 Aug 19
We live near Lake Michigan in an older home without a basement and for many years we have experienced problems of water accumulating in the crawlspace area under our main floor. We’ve asked several contractors and plumbers in our area to assess the situation, but none of them have offered any viable solutions. I decided to widen my search for answers and was drawn to the Plymouth Plumbing website. I called them and was able to set up an appointment a couple of days later for a free estimate. About 30 minutes before the plumber was due to arrive, I received a call from his office letting me know that he was running about 45 minutes late. The receptionist asked if I would be willing to wait or prefer to reschedule. I suggested 4 pm that afternoon and he arrived right on time. Jack Dellger is the third generation owner of a family business and has had a lot of experience with these water-related issues. He listened carefully to my questions, checked out the crawlspace, and then walked around the perimeter of the house pointing out where and how water could seep under the house when it rains. He gave me several suggestions about how to change the slope of the land so rain water would drain away from the house; where to seal up the wide cracks between our cement front stoop and the base of the adjacent siding; how to improve on the existing gutters, and where we needed to add additional ones. When I asked him for some recommendations of whom he trusted to do those jobs, he not only provided me with names, but offered to call them for me and see how soon they would be available to come and give us an estimate for the necessary improvements. Although he declined my offer to pay him for his consultation, he said that the next time we had any plumbing problems, he hoped we would give him a call. I enjoyed meeting Jack and appreciated the way he clearly explained everything. We will definitely contact Plymouth Plumbing and Heating for any plumbing issues that we may encounter in the future.
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Rebecca Rose
01:40 20 Jul 19
Updated Review: we got the bill and it was about $200 more than we were anticipating. I get that it was a weekend, but almost $600 to clean a main drain? Not happy about that! I wonder how much of that includes the 20 minutes the plumber spent messing around with the auger that was put away wrong from the last service, his words, while he was cursing the last person who used it, under his breath, 🙄Original review: We experienced an unexpected plumbing issue arise during the 4th of July weekend. We called Plymouth Plumbing and Heating, as well as about 10 other companies, on a Sunday of a holiday weekend. They WERE THE ONLY ONE to call us back and send a plumber out! Not all websites that say "24/7 emergency calls" actually mean it, because no one else was able to send a guy out on a Sunday.Thank you for your prompt response. We will call you again and would recommend you to others for a prompt and efficent experience.