Garbage Disposal Plumbing - Plumbing Questions
1.40 I just bought a house and it doesn't have a garbage disposal... is it something I can install on my own?

Q. How difficult is it to install a garbage disposal? I am assuming actually hooking it to the pipe isn't that big a job, but what about wiring the switch and making sure it works? Can anyone give me some idea what all this entails? Should I pay to have a plumber do it or can I handle it on my own? Approximately how long will it take? Is it more difficult to install if you have a dishwasher also?

A. That all depends on how comfortable you are with electricity and plumbing. It's actually easier to install if you have a dishwasher, due to the fact that you have a source of power. A 15 or 20 amp circuit should be able to supply both appliances, assuming that nothing else is connected to the circuit. The hard part will be fishing the wires up through the wall for the switch. Most, if not all, disposals have a port on the side to connect the dishwasher drain. I have included a link to show you what's involved. Good luck.

1.20 Does having a garbage disposal eliminate a plumber?

Q. I want to buy a single kitchen sink bowl cause right now i have a double bowl sink w/ a garbage disposal but I dont use it at all but my husband says its stupid to get rid of it since everyone wants a garbage disposal and it eliminates having to call a plumber since it will not clog up, is that true?

A. No ma'am. In fact, a garbage disposal is just one more thing to break down. But they are handy for grinding food scraps that otherwise would have gone into the trash. The best place for those are outside in a compost pile. But yes, a disposal can clog too.

1.20 What should I do about steel wool falling into my garbage disposal?

Q. My wife was scrubbing pans with a small steel wool pad with the disposal running. She dropped the pad and it fell into the disposal and it is now in there. It has been grinding up but it does not sound good so I stopped running it. What should I do? I don't know anything about plumbing and I really dont want to call a plumber if I don't have to. Will the disposal be all right to grind up the pad, or will I have to do something about it. Thank you for any advice you can give.

A. It should not harm the disposal. Putting steel wool pads in the disposal is a method of cleaning fibrous material out of the unit although you usually put only a quarter of a pad in at a time. If it keeps running, just keep the cold water running to help flush it down the drain. If it jambs the unit it can be unjammed easily by turning the unit with the maintenance wrench in the bottom or using a broom handle or very large screwdriver in the top.

1.20 Can someone answer a few questions about installing a garbage disposal?

Q. I just bought a house. There is no garbage disposal. I need to install one. I can do the electricity, but I need help with the plumbing. All of the pipes are metal. Is there any type of adapter that will go from metal to PVC? If there is, does the PVC adapter need to be male or female (I thought I read somewhere not to adapter a metal male pipe to female PVC or vice versa)? Thanks!

A. Install it using "rubber boots" available at any builders supply store. They install with radiator type hoses and clamps. A lot of commercial applications are installed this way, allowing easy removal if it becomes clogged or jammed. Just measure your drain O.D. and purchase the right size "boots". Don`t worry about them blowing off, as there is no pressure in drains. It really is a simple install this way.

1.20 My garbage disposal blows eveything back up into the ajoined sink when I first turn it on. How can I fix it?

Q. The drain appears to work fine. It just seems that when I first turn on the garbage disposal it sends a gyser up through the other sink drain. I have checked to see that the plumbing is done right as well, though I don't see any problems there.

A. The drain needs cleaning and you can do it without removing any piping. Heat up some water and carefully pour it down the drain without the disposal after you have also poured down 1 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Link us @

1.00 REPULSIVE smell in kitchen drain!!!! Any natural cleaners to use?

Q. There was food sitting in my kitchen drain from a party. After I cleaned all the dishes, the drain REALLY stunk. I've already put baking soda, salt, and vinegar down there, but it's still horrible!!!! I don't have any cleaning products, because I use all natural stuff...and I don't have bleach. Anything else I can use? I can't use bleach...I have a septic system and was told I couldn't use that.

A. I'm sorry Hun but if you want to to get the smell OUT you will have to buy an ALL NATURAL BLEACH. This will do it. BUT if you have a garbage disposal or what not just cut up lemon or oranges and run that through. I cant believe that the baking soda and vinegar didn't do it. That should have taken care of it all. Good luck sweetie.

1.00 Brownish-red flies in my apartment?

Q. My sorry @ss management company can't get rid of these reddish-brown flies that are in my apartment. The exterminator said they are drain flies, and they sprayed, but they came back? It sounds like they live in the garbage disposal that the previous lessee didn't clean out? I just moved in the place, and I know I didn't bring anything in here. Does anyone know anything about getting rid of them? If they clean the drain trap, will they go away? My house constantly smells like Clorox because I am cleaning so much, so I KNOW it's not anything I'm leaving around, etc.

A. Fly traps!! hang them in ordinary places. These flys can drive you mad and make you feel like flipping your lid. I have one in my face right now. Pour clorox in your drains and pray that you didn't leave an old bag of potatoes in you cupboard. Oh and by the way most local gas stations don't carry fly traps. You want to keep them on hand for any future problems because when nine oclock at night rolls around you will wish you had one.

1.00 What's the best thing for clean-smelling drains? Baking soda doesn't seem to make that much of difference.?

Q. I did the lemon, but the smell seems to come back in a day or two. I think the black rubber piece in the garbage disposal may be a large part of the problem, but on this model, it is NOT removable!

A. If you have a garbage disposal, remove the rubber piece and wash it in a bleach or vinegar solution. Then use a baby bottle brush with a bleach or vinegar solution to clean the inside of the disposal.

Garbage Disposal Plumbing

 Plumbing - Garbage Disposal Plumbing A garbage disposal typically has a life span of at least a decade. There may be occasional minor problems with your unit, and in the case of major garbage disposal repairs, garbage disposal replacement is often the better option. When it comes to installing a garbage disposal, the procedure itself is fairly straight forward, but does require extensive plumbing, as well as electrical abilities. First, you have to remove the P trap or waste trap, as well as the sink strainer. Now, install the mounting assembly that consists of a flange and a mounting ring. Tighten the assembly, and then connect the power cord. Mount the garbage disposal, and connect the drain lines. If necessary, connect a dishwasher line too after the drain lines have been established. Lock into place, and check to see if the unit is running properly.

 Myrtle Beach plumber in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina To avoid the need for garbage disposal repairs, take care never to shove large objects, like bones down the unit. Never pour grease or coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. Your manufacturer's manual will provide a list of items that have no place in the disposal. Always run water before and after using the unit, and run cold water when the unit is in operation. Don't run hot water when the unit is in use, because the heat can melt any grease causing clog formations. Never overfill your garbage disposal unit. Simple garbage disposal repairs can be done at home. If the unit doesn't run even when the motor hums, it could be a sign of a hard object stuck. Switch off the disposer, and if you can see an object like a bone, rubber or metal, pull it out using tongs. Don't put your hands inside the unit. If this doesn't help, call a garbage disposal plumber. In case of a leak in your unit, simply find the source, and tighten the connection.

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