Tips & Advices
The safest way to unclog a garbage disposal is to shut off the power to it, look into the drain using a light, and, if you see a loose object clogging the grinder, remove it with tongs or pliers. Some people also try turning the blades with a wrench to gauge whether they are caught up in some sort of food waste. You can use a plunger to suck up fibrous debris or other material clogging the unit—always do this with the tap running. Never put your hand down the hopper of a garbage disposal. Below the sink, there is a “P-Trap” pipe, which might need to be cleaned in order to unclog a disposal if no visible signs of a clog are in the upper unit.
It takes two to three 3 hours on average to install a new garbage disposal--not counting the time to get rid of the old one. If you hire a contractor, the removal of the old unit will be included in the job.
Garbage disposals do not actually have blades, and thus there is no need to periodically replace blades. Disposals have a shredder ring, and it is recommended to keep the ring clean of residue and debris. Only the most expensive garbage disposals are worth the labor and cost of replacing if the shredder ring gets broken. Most people simply replace the unit.
It is very difficult to make a garbage disposal operate more quietly if it’s running normally. Thus, many people look specifically for a “quiet” garbage disposal when shopping for a new unit. If your garbage disposal is being louder than usual, it may have a hard object or fibrous waste stuck in the grinder, and will get quieter once the culprit is removed.
A garbage disposal can process most types of digestible food, as well as ice – but not bones, shells, or pits. You should also avoid throwing very fibrous foods into the disposal, though the specifics of that change according to how tough the unit is. Some people will go as far as to throw in banana peels, while others will not even put asparagus in their disposal. It’s also not good to throw bacon grease or any sort of melted fat down the disposal, since cold water causes grease and fat to solidify in the drain, causing future clogs.

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