Maintaining a problem-free garbage disposal

Part 3: What To Do if Your Garbage Disposal is Not Grinding:

You’ve been maintaining your garbage disposal, keeping it clean and not putting the wrong things into it, and yet today you turn it on and you hear a sound you’ve never heard before, which of course causes concern. A sign that your disposal may be jammed or clogged is a humming sound when you turn on the unit, indicating no grinding is taking place. You may be able to fix this problem yourself. Here are a few things you can try yourself before calling for help:

  1. Ninety percent of garbage disposals that appear not to be working just need to be reset. There is usually a red or black reset button on the garbage disposal motor underneath your sink. Just push to reset.
  2. If the garbage disposal is plugged into a wall outlet, ensure the outlet has power.
  3. Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
  4. Give it a push-start. Most garbage disposals have a hole underneath that allows you to hand-crank it free once it’s been jammed. To crank it, use either an allen wrench or a garbage disposal tool that you can pick up at most hardware stores. This should free up most non-serious jams.

These are general tips and simple remedies for minor problems. If you try these solutions and they don’t work or if your problem seems to be getting worse, contact West Coast Plumbing and Water Treatment immediately. We have the tools and know-how to address almost every garbage disposal emergency.

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Brian Wallin

Owner

Brian is a Fort Myers Native and has been in the plumbing field for over 15 years. After learning the trade of plumbing as a young man, he worked for a large reputable plumbing company in Fort Myers for several years as a service plumber. He began his own water treatment company and at that time became, a State Certified, Licensed Plumbing Contractor. West Coast Plumbing has been a successful company for the past several and will be for many years to come.

Brian McDevitt

Plumbing Technician

Brian is originally from England, and has been in the plumbing field for over 10 years. He has been a lead technician with West Coast Plumbing since 2013. Prior to joining our West Coast Plumbing team Brian worked for another reputable plumbing company in the area. He has since earned a spotless reputation within the tri county area with our West Coast Plumbing Customers.

Hugh McDevitt

Plumbing Technician

Hugh retired to Florida after owning a plumbing company in England. He has a lifetime of experience and has become an asset to our company. We highly value his experience and look forward to learning from it.

Cody Haskett

Water Treatment Specialist & Plumbing Technician

Cody has been a part of the West Coast Plumbing team since 2014 and has developed many skills since. He has become our water treatment specialist & installer, and maintains several commercial accounts. Cody is also a well-rounded plumbing technician, and commercial plumbing installer.

Stephanie Midkiff

Office Manager & Accounting

Stephanie has been in the plumbing business since 2003. Previously working for a reputable Fort Myers plumbing company as the new construction assistant manager. Stephanie has been a part of the West Coast Plumbing team since 2011.

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