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Garbage Disposals

With the wear and tear your garbage disposal experiences on a daily basis, it’s no wonder we often have to repair or replace them after years of use.

While you may consider taking it upon yourself before calling in a professional, sometimes a professional plumber is your best bet.  That can be dangerous and often homeowners cause additional problems when trying to make what they believe is just a minor repair at the outset.

You’re welcome to give our blog post a read and then give us a call once you’ve gone through this quick troubleshooting routine for garbage disposal problems Troubleshooting Basic Garbage Disposal Problems.

We at Howell Services have been helping our neighbors in Sugar Land, Texas with plumbing repairs including garbage disposal services for years and are ready to help you!

Common Garbage Disposal Problems

When the wrong thing gets in your drain, just a quick flip of the switch can cause damage to your disposal.   Our plumbing professionals are licensed, insured and bonded.  They are also experienced in handling even the most obscure garbage disposal issues. Your plumbing expert will come out and assess the situation and make the best recommendations concerning repair or replacement.

These are a few of the things homeowners often encounter:

  • Disposal Jams – Bones and other hard substances can get into your disposal and cause it to jam.  Try to avoid getting metal into your drain. While your first instinct may be to try to let the disposal clear itself, continuing to run a jammed disposal could cause major damage to the motor.
  • Not Powering On – When it seems your disposal is fully connected but is getting no power, it’s best to give us a call to check the gaskets and housing.
  • Wondering if you Should Repair or Replace Your Disposal – When you need to make that decision, it’s a good idea to have a plumber come in.  Our professionals have the expertise to give you the best advice after assessing your disposal.  It may only require a simple fix, but repeated costly repairs could be avoided on a disposal that is ready for replacement.

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Professional Advice on Maintenance

Keeping your garbage disposal in the best shape is the best way to avoid costly repair bills.  Remember these two most important rules of thumb.

  • Soft waste is the only thing that should be put through your disposal.
  • Keep the water running the entire time the disposal is powered on.

For garbage disposal repair or replacement, we welcome you to call Howell Services for your needs in Sugar Land and the surrounding communities. Our professionals can recommend the garbage disposal that is right for you based on your usage and budget.

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Garbage Disposal FAQs

Why does my toilet wobble?

A poorly secured toilet will wobble due to loose toilet bolts. When this happens, it will eventually begin to leak, causing damage to your flooring. A corroded or poorly set flange could also be the cause. IF neither are the problem, it may be due to your subfloor. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts on the bolts, but don’t tighten too much as this could break your toilet.

Check the floor around the flange. If it is spongy, repair this before putting your toilet back in place. The flange can be repaired with a repair ring or plate. For a stress-free repair, call Howell Services and our team will take care of your wobbling toilet. 

Why are all my toilets gurgling, but still flushing?

A blocked line causes gurgling toilets. The negative air pressure caused by the clog is pushing back, causing the sound. This is caused by a drain or toilet clog, blocked vent stack, or mainline or sewer line problem. Using a plunger, try to dislodge the clog. If this doesn’t work, you’ll want to try a snake or auger. If this doesn’t solve your problem, call Howell Services. Our licensed professionals have the expertise and heavy-duty equipment to clear your clog in no time. 

My garbage disposal is jammed. What should I do?

If your garbage disposal is jammed, the first thing you need to know is that you should never reach your disposal. Slow draining disposal could be the result of any number of problems but usually, the culprit is a clog. Dislodging the clog requires disassembling the drain trap and discharge pipe and clearing the waste that is causing the clog. You will also want to check the power to ensure that there is not a tripped or faulty GFCI.

Start by cutting off power to your disposal.  Next, you can press the reset button under the disposal using a proper unjamming wrench.  Try to loosen anything that could be lodged into the disposal.  Try to run the disposal again with the water running. 

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