What's That Smell Coming from My Garbage Disposal? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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What's That Smell Coming from My Garbage Disposal? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here to help if your garbage disposal or sink gets a clog that you can’t handle.

You were thinking about your planned trip today to the Sparacia Witherell Winery and Vineyard while you were cleaning up after breakfast this morning. Your thoughts got interrupted by a funky smell coming from your garbage disposal. You figure it’s time to give your disposal a deep cleaning.

Garbage disposals need an occasional deep cleaning, according to lifesavvy.com, because “even though garbage disposals are great for grinding up and disposing of food scraps, junk can get stuck in the blades, grease can harden to the piping, and mold can grow over time.”

The first step to cleaning your garbage disposal, lifesavvy.com says, is to clear the sink and the disposal of anything blocking it. But be careful and do not reach your hand deep into the disposal.

“Even if everything is turned off, the disposal blades aren’t quite like the blades in your blender; they’re more like chunky impellers. None the less, you can still scrap yourself on them, and you certainly don’t want your hand in there while the disposal is running,” lifesavvy.com says. “If you do need to reach in there, first things first: turn off the electricity to the circuit the disposal is on to avoid accidental activation. Then, be sure to use a kitchen glove to avoid scraping yourself on the blades. Use a flashlight to see what’s stuck in there, if needed.”

Once it’s clear, you should clean the “rubber baffle and the top portion of the drain opening with a stiff dish brush and some dish soap first. This ensures that smelly leftover food and grime isn’t stuck high up in the drain area where other methods may not effectively remove it.”

After that, lifesavvy.com says, you can use soap and water, ice cubes and salt, vinegar and baking soda, or even bleack or borax to clean the disposal.

“Regularly cleaning your garbage disposal will help it run efficiently, reducing the nasty build-up of slime, grease, and mold,” lifesavvy.com says.

If cleaning doesn’t make the smell go away, you might have something stuck farther down in the drain or pipe. If so, it’s likely time to call a trusted plumber like the 24-hour plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. Billy’s plumbers can help fix your garbage disposal and clear any drains or pipes that need to be unclogged.

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