Garbage Disposals

Most people don’t know what do without their garbage disposal.  A garbage disposal helps keep your kitchen odor away, and it helps prevent harmful bacteria from invading your household. Utmost important, garbage disposals make cleaning up in the kitchen a breeze.  With proper care and maintenance, a garbage disposal should last several years. However, like all appliances, garbage disposal repair and replacement is going to happen.  If your garbage disposal is not operating correctly – or just stops working altogether – just pick up the phone and we’ll right there. 

The expert plumbers at Nichols & Phipps specialize in garbage disposal repair and installation in Woodbridge, Fairfax, Aleandria, Arlington and the entire Northern Virginia Area.


Garbage Disposal Repair – Preventing Odors

Keeping your garbage disposal clean will help keep your kitchen smelling clean and and avoid the need for garbage disposal repair. Check out these preventive tips to help keep your kitchen smelling fresh:

  • After using the garbage disposal, keep running hot water through it for a few minutes to ensure that any oil and food residue is washed out of the sink and the unit.
  • Make sure you leave the garbage disposal on until all food scraps are fully consumed.
  • Once a week, put some dish washing liquid into the garbage disposal and run hot water for a while after switching off the garbage disposal.
  • For extra stubborn odors, try discarding some lemon peels into your garbage disposal. Run the unit and wait for 15 minutes before running hot water to flush the system.
  • Put two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into the garbage disposal and run the unit with cold water. This will help break up and loosen embedded sludge allowing it to flow away with the water.

The Bottom Line on Garbage Disposal Repair

If your garbage disposal is nearing it’s normal life or has completely stopped working, consider having a better quality model installed.  Today’s technology has gained substantial progress in designing durable and long lasting products.  Garbage disposals are made to just about grind and pulverize just about anything.

Don’t risk any danger when it comes to working on garbage disposals today.  Disposals today are strong and powerful, so it’s best to leave the diagnosis and repair to a professional.  Call the expert plumbers at Nichols & Phipps all your Alexandria, Fairfax, Woodbridge, Arlington and the entire Northern Virginia Area for all your garbage disposal repairs.


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