Plumber repairing a garbage disposal under a sink

Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

Garbage disposals can be a huge help around the kitchen, making the cleanup process less time consuming. But if something gets lodged in the disposal, it can cause all kinds of trouble. Many concerns, like clogs and leaks, can impact other parts of the plumbing system. If you’re hearing unpleasant noises or struggling with inconsistent performance from your disposal, professional expertise may be just what you need.

At Mark Allen, we can provide quality garbage disposal services to help keep kitchen cleanup a mess-free process. If you need garbage disposal repair in Bethel Park, let’s go ahead and set up an appointment!

How Do Garbage Disposals Work? What Are Some Common Disposal Problems?

Garbage disposals should break down debris from food and other organic materials before they hurt your plumbing system. Tiny blades encased within the disposal carve up debris into smaller pieces, making it easier for the drains and piping system to handle. The standard garbage disposal is energy efficient, requiring less water and electricity to function.

If a malfunction appears, it’s usually because of an electrical issue or improper use. The best way to protect your garbage disposal is to learn what food waste shouldn’t go in it. Mark Allen technicians give your disposal a full assessment of the problem to ensure a long-term solution.

1. Your Garbage Disposal Isn’t Turning On

When a garbage disposal isn’t running in the first place, try hitting the reset button located on the unit. If nothing happens, it’s usually because of electrical problem or because the blades are stuck. Wiring can be hazardous to inspect and repair, so it’s almost always better to leave garbage disposal repair to certified technicians.

2. The Blades Aren’t Moving Even Though the Motor Is

If you’ve started the disposal but the blades aren’t actually spinning, it might be an electrical error, a problem with the motor, or another malfunction somewhere between the blades and the motor. To avoid injury, we check that the disposal is off before looking for obstructions.

Occasionally, something like old food gets stuck inside the disposal, grabbing the blades and preventing rotation. These blades are sharp and capable of injury, so never put your hand into the disposal if you aren’t certain it’s turned off and unplugged.

3. Leaks

A consistent leak can be a telltale sign your disposal may be damaged. If a piece of debris is hard enough, it may damage internal components and potentially spring a leak. Unexplained water damage can also be a sign there’s something wrong with the disposal. The next time you see mold in the kitchen, the garbage disposal may be to blame.

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Learn What Is Supposed to Go in Your Garbage Disposal

Remembering what should and shouldn’t go into your garbage disposal can be frustrating. Here are general guidelines:


Keep food waste pieces as small as possible to make them easier to grind up.


Stay away from fibrous items like vegetable skins, which can clog up your garbage disposal.


Most liquids are fine, but avoid pouring in cooking oil and grease, which can solidify and damage internal components.


Coffee grounds and eggshells frequently cause trouble, so avoid scraping them into your garbage disposal.


Mark Allen's Quality Disposal Repair and Replacement

At Mark Allen, we’re dedicated to quality disposal repairs. We’ll find and fix your problem promptly unless the cost of repairs is similar to a replacement. At that point, it’s probably more efficient for your budget to schedule garbage disposal installation in Bethel Park.

Whatever you’re looking for, we can help. Schedule a consultation or request a free quote by giving us a call at 412-381-2500 today!

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