How To Get Items Out Of Garbage Disposal

washing veggies in kitchen sinkHaving a garbage disposal makes working in the kitchen easier. You get to discard the remnants from last night’s heavy dinner without spending too much time and energy. But what happens when a stubborn piece of food – or object -gets stuck in your disposal unit?

Below are some quick, easy-to-follow tips for clearing out clogged garbage disposal but if you’re just not in the mood for some under-the-sink timeout, or you’re not sure you’ve got the right tools to get the job done, you can always reach out to us at Captain Plumber for your plumbing services.

Now that you know you have a readily available plumbing contractor in to fall back on in case things go south real quick, we’d just go right into the steps you can take to get rid of foreign objects in your garbage disposal.

Turn Off The Power Source

Make sure your garbage disposal is turned off and unplugged from the major power source before attempting to remove anything from it.

You would not want it accidentally coming on and making mincemeat of your fingers, or worse, electrocuting you while you work.

Get Rid Of Any Visibly Stuck Objects

Use a pair of tongs or pliers to remove any chunk of food waste large enough to see from the garbage disposal.

Don’t stick your hand in the garbage disposal unit to remove items unless you’re certain it’s turned off, and there are no broken pieces of glass stuck that could hurt you.

Dislodge Unseen Stuck Objects

To do this, you’d need to find the Allen wrench-port underneath your disposal unit and – you guessed right – insert an Allen-wrench into the port.

Work the wrench back and forth to move the masher plates, so whatever is stuck between them gets dislodged. Remove as many pieces as you can see with your tongs or pliers.

Vacuum Your Garbage Disposal

To be doubly sure you’ve gotten rid of any tiny item stuck in your garbage disposal unit, place a wet-dry vacuum cleaner over the top of your unit and vacuum until you can’t hear anything being sucked up anymore.

Turn off your vacuum cleaner and wipe clean till dry if wet to prevent mold from forming inside.

Reset Your Garbage Disposal

Reconnect your machine to the power source. You can partially cover the drainage opening to prevent any unseen items from flying up and poking you in the eye.

Turn the garbage disposal on and allow running water to flow through, so whatever remaining food items or objects stuck can be crushed and washed down the drain.

If you’ve done all the above and your garbage disposal still jams, turn it off immediately, turn off the faucet and repeat the process all over from the beginning.

If after two or three tries and there’s still no improvement, you can reach out to us at Captain Plumber and we’d be delighted to come to your aid.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

water heater in closetWater heaters are among the most useful appliances in the home. They’re useful for carrying out tasks like doing the dishes and getting a bath. However, like any other home appliance, they do not last forever. You should keep up with the age of your water heater to avoid the unpleasant event of receiving cold water when you expect some hot water.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

If you’ve ever asked, “how long do water heaters last?”, then you should know that different water heaters have different lifespans. The traditional tank water heater lasts between eight to twelve years and the tankless water heater lasts for over twenty years. The difference between the lifespans results from the presence or absence of anode rods.

Factors that affect the Water Heater’s Lifespan

  • The Anode Rod

In the traditional water heater, the anode rod plays a crucial role and, therefore, corrodes easily. If you notice corrosion on the anode rod on top of the water heater, let a plumber replace this for you.

  • Limescale

Both the tankless and the tank water heaters can be affected by limescale, even if it is just a simple amount. It may lead to heating problems, and the best way to resolve this is to flush the water heater with vinegar (undiluted white vinegar).

  • Pressure-Relief Valve

The traditional water heater has a pressure-relief valve that prevents it from exploding from excessive build-up of pressure. You should regularly check to ensure the pressure-relief is in good shape and properly working.

  • Sediments Clogged

In the traditional water heater, there will be sediments clogged at the bottom of the tank. This may affect the effectiveness of the water heater if not flushed at least twice every year.

When is it Time to Replace the Water Heater?

Now that you know what factors affect the lifespan of your water heater, it is time to learn the signs that tell you when to replace your water heater:

  • Gurgling Sounds

This happens when the sediments clog the water heater. You will often hear a gurgling sound and if this clogging becomes too much, the appliance can get heated and even explode.

  • Dampness Around Heater

If there is dampness around the heater, it may be a sign that there is a leak. Here, you may need a plumbing service like Captain Plumber to help replace your water heater.

  • Water Puddles

Water puddles around the water heater are a strong indication that something is very wrong. You will have to hire a plumbing service for a replacement.

  • Absence of Hot Water

When you get cold water instead of hot water, ensure that you get help from a plumber; chances are, the water heater’s lifespan has ended.

  • Tinting in Water

If there’s tinting in the hot water, it could result from rust. This is a sign that it is time for a replacement.

When you suspect that your water heater’s lifespan has ended, you will need a replacement. Simply contact Captain Plumber to help with a new water heater installation.


Tips To Maintaining A Garbage Disposal

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If you’ve ever walked into your kitchen on a hot summer afternoon and the first sign of welcome, you get is an unpleasant rancid smell wafting from your kitchen sink, there’s every possibility you have a food waste problem. Especially if you already have a garbage disposal unit installed.

So how do you make sure your garbage disposal unit is functioning properly so you don’t feel awkward when a visitor asks for lemonade from the kitchen freezer?

The first step to take is paying attention to the type of solid food waste that goes into your garbage disposal unit.

The following food items are safe to put in your kitchen garbage disposal:

  1. Citrus Rinds with their slightly acidic content help keep your disposal clean and smelling fresh
  2. Egg Shells can help keep your disposal’s impellers free from debris, so long as they go in small quantities at a time
  3. Coffee Grounds are okay to toss down your disposal, provided they’re in small quantities, and can keep it smelling fresh
  4. Cooked Meat Scraps and Small Bones, in small quantities, are okay to go down the disposal machine
  5. Vegetable and Fruit Scraps are also great food products to go down the drain and help keep your drains smelling fresh.

There are a few food waste products you shouldn’t put in your garbage disposal, and some of them include:

  1. Large Bones should go nowhere near your garbage disposal unit. They are best thrown in your bin bag
  2. Shrimp Shells are incredibly tough and may cause more harm than good to your disposal’s impellers
  3. Banana PeelsArtichokes, Corn Husks, and Asparagus, with their high fibrous content, are best left for the garbage bin instead of your kitchen disposal
  4. Grease or any other fatty food waste products, should not be put in your disposal machine to avoid clogs when they congeal in the pipes
  5. Rice and pasta have the nasty tendency to expand in pipes even when they have been torn to bits and pieces, leading to clogged pipes.

Here are 3 easy-to-implement tips for keeping your garbage disposal unit in optimal condition:

  • Run Your Garbage Disposal Unit Often

Even when you don’t have any food waste to process, it is advisable to turn it on periodically. This helps prevent the internal components of your disposal unit from freezing up or rusting and helps get rid of any leftover food items that can cause foul smells or clogs.

  • Use Cold Water While Your Disposal Is In Operation

Even though hot water is great for cleaning a lot of stuff, when it comes to cleaning your garbage disposal, cold water is preferable. The cold water helps harden the food particles, making it easy for your disposal to grind up and flush down the drainage pipe.

  • Allow Your Disposal Run Longer Than Usual

Whenever you’re done using the garbage disposal, allow it to run longer with the water on for a few minutes. This is to ensure you don’t leave any leftover food items in the machine.

Need help maintaining or installing your garbage disposal? Give Captain Plumber a call today!

Captain Electric Announces Merge with Larsen Plumbing

Orem, UT – August 24, 2019 /MarketersMedia/ —

captain plumber logo of superheroIn a continuing effort to keep the residents and businesses of the Wasatch Front area satisfied, the team at Captain Electric is proud to announce they are merging with Larsen Plumbing to offer plumbing services to the area.

Captain Plumber is one of the leading plumbing companies in the Wasatch Front area proudly serving Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. Captain Plumber is proud to continue on with Carl’s 20+ years of experience providing excellent services to the residents and business owners in the area.

“Carl, of Larsen Plumbing, has over two decades of experience in the plumbing industry and with these services now available from the Captain Electric brand, customers can expect superior services that meet and exceed expectations,” stated Captain Electric’s Joseph Smith. “Our team is available to speak with any customer who wants to learn more about this recent merge and the additional services we now have available. We believe this “combination of services” will enable us to better serve each of our customers, regardless of what their needs are.”

Besides the electric services that Captain Electric is known for providing, the company now offers an array of plumbing services for commercial and residential properties. These services include emergency repair, leaks and drip repair, water treatment, faucets, dishwasher repair, garbage disposal repair, and water heater service.

“Our company is licensed, bonded and insured,” continued Smith. “You can feel confident that when you contact us for electric or plumbing services you are receiving help from a professional, knowledgeable individual who can help ensure your problem is fixed and that no other issues arise with the same electrical or plumbing fixture.”

Additional information about the merger of Larsen Plumbing with Captain Electric to form Captain Plumber can be found by visiting the company’s website when they click here, or by taking the time to contact us via phone or email.


Captain Electric was started in 1988 by Joseph Smith, using only a Toyota Sedan and ladder sticking out of the car’s back window. In 1992, the business was moved to Orem, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. The company has worked to revolutionize customer service in this industry and provide customers with a higher level of service and satisfaction to ensure their issues and problems are addressed and fixed in a timely manner.

Contact Info:
Name: Joseph Smith
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Organization: Captain Electric
Address: 1510 400 S, Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 735-9781

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