Watch What You Throw Down the Drain

Garbage disposal problems in Portland are quite common. With over a decade of experience serving the greater Portland area, we have seen our fair share of garbage disposal issues. 3 Mountains Plumbing, however, is happy to report that there is some good news.

First, Garbage disposal problems are easy to avoid if you know how to properly operate the disposals. This means knowing what materials belong and does not belong in the garbage disposal. Second, garbage disposals are somewhat easy to fix at home. So, just because a garbage disposal is not operating correctly, doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced. Either way, we can help, but for now, here are some tips to avoid garbage disposal problems in your Portland home:

  • Use cold water when running your disposal. Hot water melts fats that may clog or damage your pipes.
  • Don’t stuff your disposal full before starting the cycle. It’s better to add small amounts of organic waste at a time so as not to overload the system. Again, use cold water to rinse it through.
  • Use Common Sense. Don’t shove a whole turkey down there! (Believe it or not, this is cause for a lot of plumbing business on Thanksgiving).
We also suggest you avoid putting the following organic matter through your garbage disposal:
  • Coffee grinds
  • Bones
  • Corn husks
  • Non-food items
  • Bacon grease
  • Yogurt, milk, and cheese

Should you find that you need a garbage disposal replacement, 3 Mountains Plumbing is happy to inform you that we offer a warranty on all repairs and services. We provide a three-year warranty on our ½-horsepower garbage disposal replacements, a seven-year warranty on our 3-quarter horsepower replacements, and a 10-year warranty on our 1-horsepower garbage disposal replacements. This way you can feel safe and confident that you made the right decision, and your garbage disposal is not something you’ll need to worry about fixing again and again.

Give 3 Mountains Plumbing a call today to find out more about how you should treat your garbage disposal. Or, if you think you need a garbage disposal replacement, check with us for more information about our warranties and how we can help you and your Portland home.

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