In many homes across the GTA, homeowners have been confronted with a kitchen sink garburator repair at one point or another. While most homes are fortunate enough to be equipped with a garburator, many fear using it for its longstanding myths of malfunctions, clogging, and ongoing repairs.
As experts in everything plumbing, we take a deep dive into the many uses of a garburator and why it’s not as bad as some people think. A garburator, or a garbage disposal unit, can be found in many homes across Canada. Its main use is to effectively grind up any food substances into a safe disposal unit. While many homeowners will fear the unknown with clogging issues, it can actually be a helpful device for you and your family.
With simple and proper care of all of your plumbing appliances, you can avoid the fear of a clogged garburator and enjoy the lasting effects it can have on your home. Preferred Plumbing Solutions is licensed to ensure you don’t have any long-term issues with your garbage disposal unit and make sure it performs at a high, optimal rate.
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Maintaining Your Garburator
As mentioned, calling your local licensed plumber near you to check on your garburator can go a long way to keeping your appliances safe for use. Our licensed service repair professionals will assess your garburator and give our customers best practice tips on how to properly maintain your device. They will ensure it’s in good working order and give you ideas on how to extend the life of the garburator for years to come.
Word of caution though – if you feel compelled to check a garburator on your own, shut off the main power supply before attempting anything. If it feels unusual or you don’t feel prepared enough to take it on, call us and we’ll guide you through the process.
Garburator Best Practices
- We recommend you run your garbage disposal regularly to avoid rust over time.
- When using the garburator, always use cold water to ensure there’s no clogging due to hot water softening any food items in your system.
- Do regular cleanings on your garburator to ensure maximum use.
- Don’t put more into the garburator than it can handle – that will absolutely cause clogging and backup.
- Never, ever throw harmful objects down the garbage disposal – this can have long-lasting harmful effects.
We always recommend cleaning your garburator unit regularly to prevent clogging and ensure long-lasting health. Keeping your garburator’s blades sharp can be achieved by simply putting ice cubes down the unit to grind and cleanse it.
When cleaning, we always recommend shutting off the power beforehand. Next, clean the splash guard, or the plastic piece right at the top of the sink drain. It can simply be detached and be ready for cleaning with any dish cleaning apparatus.
From the actual unit, you can then remove any food debris buildup by sifting through it with a stick or wooden spoon. Never use your fingers to fish out any food, with the blades so closely tight to the unit.
A common way to clean your garburator can also be to pour vinegar and baking soda down it. It’s a basic cleaning tip you can use on any sink or appliance you have in your home. It can clear away any debris cleanly and properly.
Other Garburator Issues
If you experience no power when you hit the switch, ensure first that it’s not an electrical issue. This can be checked by finding the switch under the unit or turning the circuit breaker for the garburator on and off.
If your unit is making a humming sound, it’s a great possibility the unit is still on and the motor is running. Finding the hex socket underneath the disposal unit and turning an allen key into the socket can help free up the jam. We also recommend using a spoon that can help reach down into the drain opening to dislodge any proper issues in the unit.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Our plumbers are trained and experienced to do this. Once the connection to the hot water system is made, the outside shower will have both hot and cold water.
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