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Garbage Disposal Odor Issues


Orlando PlumberKitchens see a lot of mess, and a garbage disposal eats it right up. These little units are a modern marvel of convenience that keeps food out of the city dump and makes your life easier.

Over time, all that use and abuse can create quite a foul stench that makes your kitchen smell like a dumpster. The next time your garbage disposal starts to smell to high heaven, try giving your plumber a call.

What Can a Plumber Do to Get Rid of the Smell?

Garbage disposals are workhorses designed to take a lot of wear and tear. However, seals can leak, blades can dull, and parts can break. When this happens, all that slime you send down your sink can get trapped and start to smell like nobody's business.

Sure, you can try flushing it with water, but no amount of water is going to kick-start a broken or worn down garbage disposal. A plumber, on the other hand, will be able to find the problem spot after a thorough inspection. The plumber will also be able to either repair the problem or tell you if you're better off replacing the entire unit.

What Shouldn't I Put into My Disposer?

Most garbage disposals can take quite a beating; after all, that's why they are designed for. However, some things are prone to not only harm your garbage disposal motor, but clog your pipes as well. For that reason, you should never put the following into your garbage disposal (or any drain for that Garbage Disposalmatter):

  • Grease
  • Egg shells
  • Seeds and pits from fruits
  • Coffee grounds
  • Chicken or other bones
  • Celery or other stringy vegetables
  • Potato peels
  • Rice or pasta

Finally, please remember to put safety 1st and never stick your hand down your garbage disposal. It doesn't matter if you see a piece of debris that is "right there," doing so is asking for a serious injury.

What Do I do to Prevent the Smell from Coming Back?

In addition to the tips above, you can run water before and after turning your garbage disposal on. This will help flush debris down your pipes more efficiently and thus prevent the return of the bad smell.

Is your garbage disposal clogged and smelling up your Orlando kitchen? No need to wait, Call Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning at (407) 292-8881 and get the right plumbing services you need.

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