Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal

Modern homeowners can’t imagine living without the necessity that is garbage disposal. Garbage disposals can often last for quite a long time, provided they are properly used and maintained. Garbage disposal blades can wear out, parts can deteriorate, and they can even become a danger to you and your family when they are not maintained or used properly. At Stephens, our trained and licensed professional install and repair all types of garbage disposals across Birmingham.

Stephens’ plumbing professionals are available 24/7 to perform what ever garbage disposal services you may need.

How to Keep Garbage Disposals from Getting Clogged?

Waste traps or linings of garbage disposals can over time become clogged with food waste. A lack of water is a common cause of excessive food waste build-up. Not allowing enough tap water down a garbage disposal when it is grinding food and waste can cause the food to build up and clog the line, as opposed to flushing all the way through to your sewer or septic system. Certain foods and wastes, such as potato peels, banana peels, and egg shells, can also often clog your drain lines in your kitchen in no time at all.

What Are the Benefits of a Garbage Disposal?

Aside from the more common benefits of convenience, odor reduction, and greater kitchen hygiene, there are several other benefits of having a garbage disposal as well. Some might not associate garbage disposals with environmental friendliness, but they are indeed good for the environment! Instead of filling landfills with food and waste that contributes to greenhouse gas production and emission, garbage disposals can allow food waste to naturally break down in septic tanks or be rendered into fertilizer or even renewable energy at municipal water treatment plants.

Garbage disposals are also designed to be extremely energy efficient, since they only use a miniscule amount of electricity. Garbage disposals usually only cost pennies to operate annually. With benefits like kitchen hygiene, convenience, and reduced landfill waste taken into account, a garbage disposal is definitely a worthwhile investment for anyone.

What Should I Do If the Disposal Emits a Foul Odor?

Sometimes, those with garbage disposals may report occasionally experiencing foul odors, which can sometimes be quite strong and unpleasant. Often these smells are caused by bacterial build-up in the drain lines or on the flange, stopper, and rubber splash guard. Scents caused by this build-up of bacteria can overtake a kitchen rapidly, leaving an otherwise perfectly spotless home smell far from fresh and clean.

The regular grinding of ice cubes, vinegar, and peels from citrus or other fruit can usually be perfectly fine in garbage disposals to clean the blades, thouroughly clean crevices, and deodorize the areas of your garbage disposal where odors are more likely to develop, they can also be potentially damaging to the blades. The usual best option to clean your garbage disposal and get rid of bad odors is to call our qualified plumbing professionals, who, with their tools and expertise, can safely clean the parts and flush the drainage lines.

Regardless of whether you’re the new owner of a Birmingham home in need of a garbage disposal or perhaps have a disposal that needs to be repaired or replaced, the experts technicians here at Stephens Plumbing are available 24/7

State certified technicians with years of plumbing and gas fitting experience