If your kitchen sink isn’t draining or your garbage disposal is acting strange, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that a garbage disposal clog is the culprit. However, there are plenty of other kitchen sink issues that can arise when you have a garbage disposal. Some of these kitchen sink snafus can present in very similar ways, and diagnosing and addressing the problem is typically challenging for the average homeowner. If a garbage disposal clog or other problem is plaguing your kitchen sink, contact the team at Metcalf Plumbing for fast and thorough service.
Leaking Components Beneath The Kitchen Sink
Water pooling beneath your kitchen sink is never a good sign, and there are plenty of components that can be the cause. Your garbage disposal’s mounting bolts or connections can be the cause of a leak, though many of the other pipes, flanges, and fittings in the area can also leak. Rather than trying to fix the problem yourself, call an experienced plumber. Amateur repairs in this area can often make the problem worse.
The Unit Is Jammed
If your garbage disposal is running without actually working, you might have a jam. The clearest sign of a jammed garbage disposal is the sound: the motor runs and either is exceptionally loud or it starts and stops without reason. Jams are typically caused by food or debris getting caught around your unit’s flywheel. While it might seem tempting to reach in and dislodge whatever is stuck, you should never ever reach into your garbage disposal. Enlisting the help of a professional plumber can help you solve the problem quickly without losing a hand.
The Garbage Disposal Is Not Receiving Power
Some folks forget that a garbage disposal requires electricity to function. If your garbage disposal does not run, it might be as simple as plugging it back into its outlet, resetting a circuit breaker, or making sure that the disposal is turned on.
A True Garbage Disposal Clog… Or Is It?
When you hear your garbage disposal running and your sink still won’t drain, a garbage disposal clog seems to be the only logical option. However, what may seem like an issue with your garbage disposal may actually be the result of a clog further down the line. Your kitchen sink’s pipes can become clogged due to the buildup of sediment, grease, and other debris. In actuality, a kitchen sink clog can result in garbage disposal problems if it is not appropriately addressed.
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