Is a Garbage Disposal Covered in a Home Warranty?
I've always found the garbage disposal to be oddly fascinating. It's not complicated from a mechanical perspective - made up of just a motor, a turntable, some blades and a "grinding chamber" fitted under the sink, between the drain and the main pipe. But it literally obliterates all the random food waste that makes its way into the sink! Ingenious invention IMO.
- If a major power surge tripped the breaker connected to the disposal, the switch will already be in its off position when you go to the breaker box. Simply flip that switch back to its normal position.
- Then, look at the reset button on the bottom of the disposal. If it's sticking out, as it will be after any power surge, push it back in, as DoItYourself.com suggests. After that, plugging the unit back into the wall and turning it on should fix the issue.
- Use a hex wrench or a short wooden dowel to move the flywheel and get the blades turning again.
- Afterward, you should be able to see any obstruction. Use a pair of pliers to delicately grasp the clogged material and pull it out. To do this most effectively you might need to remove the unit from under the sink.
- If the top is leaking, H2ouse.org instructs you to detach the disposal unit and check for any worn-down plumber's putty on the pipe. Scrape it away, put down some new putty, and reattach the unit.
- A leak at the disposal's bottom means it probably needs to be replaced. If you're fairly handy, you can probably handle installment of a new disposal on your own - just follow the directions closely and don't rush.