Signs of a Failing Garbage Disposal

Posted on: March 31, 2020

It’s easy to forget about your garbage disposal, until it stops working. You send the scraps down it every time you cook, until that one time that the water starts to back up because it’s not doing its job. In most instances, your garbage disposal will show signs that it’s on its way to failure before it actually fails. If you know what to look for, you can protect your home from damage. Here are 5 signs that your garbage disposal may be on its way to failure.

1. You Hear Unusual Noises

Your garbage disposal should not be making unusually loud noises. Clunking, grinding, or sounds like metal rubbing against metal are all signs of a serious issue. It could be something dropped inside the disposal, like a lost spoon, or it could be a screw that has come loose or a part that is misaligned and causing problems.

2. Clogs

If you’re having clogs with food that’s normally safe for your disposal, it may be a problem with the disposal itself. If small loads of soft foods are jamming the system, it may be time to upgrade to a higher capacity model or replace an old and worn disposal.

If you do have a clog that you can’t fix easily, don’t use chemical clog removal products. They could do serious damage to your garbage disposal. Instead, call a plumber to assess the problem.

3. Lack of Power

Garbage disposals require power to run properly. If yours is shutting off while in use or won’t turn on at all, it could be a lack of power. If you don’t see a blown circuit, then you need to have the unit itself inspected to ensure there isn’t a problem with the wiring.

4. Unpleasant Odors

Since your garbage disposal is in charge of getting rid of unwanted food, it can sometimes develop an odor. Cleaning it with some hot, soapy water should clear the smell. If that does not work, it can indicate particles trapped deep in the system. These can start to rot and let off foul odors. A professional plumber can take apart your unit to find these particles and remove them.

5. Leaking Water

Over time your disposal may develop leaks at the connection between the disposal and the plumbing system. When there is noticeable water, it usually means the system has worn out and needs to be replaced. Leaving these leaks in place can put you at risk for water damage and mold issues, so address them quickly when you start to notice them.

Garbage Disposal Problem? Call the Washington, DC Area Pros at JPG Plumbing & Mechanical

If you’re noticing any of the signs and symptoms of garbage disposal problems, it’s time to get professional help. JPG Plumbing & Mechanical offers garbage disposal services in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. We can send our expert plumbers to your home to diagnose and repair the problem in a timely manner, or to replace your worn-out garbage disposal.

Call us today at (240) 241-5060 or reach out online to discuss garbage disposal problems in Washington, DC today.