Garbage Disposal Issues?

Early morning as you head into the kitchen, time to wake up and smell the coffee…. Or is it? There’s a bad odor lingering in the kitchen somewhere. If it’s not the trash ruining your appetite, it’s probably the garbage disposal.

Let’s start with the basics. Your garbage disposal is a small piece of machinery that breaks up your food allowing it to pass through the pipes. Sometimes the food particles are not flushed through the whole way and may linger. Assuming that you don’t need a garbage disposal repair, there are ways you can cleanse your sink of the smell on your own.garbage disposal mechanicsburg

The first step in getting rid of the smell is a routine cleaning. You can do this by turning on the garbage disposal and hot water on. Let them both run for about 40 seconds. This should be enough time to clear whatever particles may be stuck.

Next, plug the sink with your sink rubber stopper and fill it with hot water and some dish soap. Remove the stopper and turn the garbage disposal on, allowing the sink to drain while the blades below push the cleaner through the pipes. Turn the garbage disposal off.

Use a dish brush to clean the rubber flaps over the blades. Get the top and the bottom of the flaps as food can easily build up here because it never comes in contact with the water. Run hot water one more time, just to be sure.

Get into the habit of cleaning once a week to avoid any smelly situations. Remember if the garbage disposal ever needs a repair or replaced, give us a call. You can find our prices on our Up Front Pricing page.