Garbage Disposal

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Many of our service calls involve garbage disposal units. Although they are extremely useful and convenient, many homeowners fail to realize that they are not indestructible. Large quantities of food or items that don’t belong in the disposal can overwhelm it and cause clogs, breakdowns, or worse.

What not to put down your garbage disposal:

  • Grease– If you have been putting your kitchen grease down the sink, you are setting yourself up for a bad clog in your sewer lines. The fats in your grease and oil liquefy when heated, but when cooled, turn into a solid that can wreak havoc on plumbing and sewer lines. Instead, pour your liquid grease into a glass jar and save it for later, or throw it out in the trash.
  • Fibrous foods– Fibrous foods like celery, asparagus, cornhusks, and onion skins can be difficult for your disposal to break down. The long, tough strands can get wrapped up in the disposal’s blades, bringing it to a halt. Throw these types of foods into the garbage, or a compost if you have one.
  • Potatoes, pasta, and rice– Avoid putting anything that can swell inside your garbage disposal such as potatoes, beans, rice, and other heavy starches. Very small amounts are fine, but when enough of these items enter your unit, they will expand and clog up your pipes.


Other items to avoid include bones, pits, plastics, paint or any other non-food items. You couldn’t imagine the things we have found stuck in people’s garbage disposals! The secret to a healthy and long-lasting garbage disposal is being mindful of what goes into it.

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Can You Put Apple Cores In A Garbage Disposal?

Apple cores, seeds, and fruit pits are all too solid to go down a garbage disposal. These items should be either thrown in the trash or compost heap. Contrary to popular belief garbage disposals don’t have blades. Instead they have impellers that are blunt but not sharp. Other food items that aren’t good for garbage disposals are egg shells.

How to Tell You Need Your Garbage Disposal Repaired

Garbage disposals are kitchen appliances that are used on a daily basis. It’s a major convenience to be able to toss scraps and food remnants down the drain as you’re cooking and cleaning. However, like any other appliance, it will not last forever and there will come a time where you will need to get your garbage disposal repaired.

Some common signs that you need your garbage disposal repaired include:

  • Your unit is on, but it is not making any noise: These days, there are high powered garbage disposals that can operate quietly. However, if your unit is on, not grinding, and not making any noises, then it’s a sign something is wrong. Our Houston garbage disposal repair specialists will inspect your unit and determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • Your unit is leaking: Typically, a garbage disposal that leaks water indicates that there is a broken seal somewhere. However, it can also be indicative of a larger issue. Sometimes, older units can develop cracks and leaks and it’s not uncommon for a stuck foreign object to cause a crack in the case.
  • Your unit is slow to drain: If your sink is still filled with water even after you run your unit and allow it enough time to drain, chances are you need your garbage disposal repaired. However, it’s important that you don’t pour Drano down it. Drano can corrode your pipes and cause further damage.
  • Your unit is jammed: If your unit is humming and on, but the flywheel won’t turn, it means that you have some object jammed there. Because the blades on the flywheel are so sharp, we recommend letting a professional handle the repair.
  • Your unit is emitting a foul odor: If an awful stench is coming from your kitchen sink, chances are it’s a result of a broken garbage disposal. The smell means that your unit is not chopping up food scraps and particles enough, causing them to get stuck. Additionally, it could mean that your blades are dull. We’ll inspect your blades and determine whether you need a repair or replacement.
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Check the Reset Button

Sometimes, however, the solution is as simple as checking the reset button. Most garbage disposals have a safety mechanism built in to turn off whenever the motor is overheating.

With the garbage disposal plugged in but the power switch off, reach for the reset button on the front or bottom of your unit and press to switch on. Needless to say, never put your hand down the drain and into the disposal! Restart the disposal by turning on the power switch. If your garbage disposal still won’t turn on, check your circuit breaker.

Let Our Houston Garbage Disposal Repair Experts Handle the Problem

If resetting your garbage disposal and checking the breaker doesn’t do the trick, you most likely have an issue with your switch or with the unit itself. If this is the case, make the plumbers at Universal Home Experts your first call. Our background checked and drug tested technicians will arrive in a fully stocked vehicle to make quick repairs.