Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

No home appliance gets hit with more abuse than the old, reliable garbage disposal. Though most people put whatever they can down the sink, and won’t dare reach into the sink drain to retrieve large food items that get stuck down there without first giving the disposal a spin, few realize that the average garbage disposal is designed to handle light food residue only.

Our plumbers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, and James City County repair and install hundreds of garbage disposals each year.  Most of the time, the garbage disposal repair or drain cleaning is due to pushing the disposal to limits its not designed for.

Large pieces of food or large amounts of grease that get poured down the drain will not get fully processed by your disposal and can build up. Eventually, this can significantly damage your pipes, causing the need for intense plumbing measures such as drain cleaning or kitchen re-piping in order to get your drain lines running properly again.

It’s important to know that if your kitchen sink drain has clogging problems and you have a dishwasher, you may experience dirty water back-flowing into your dishwasher since the dirty dishwater is designed to drain through your sink lines. If you are experiencing drain clogs in your sink and notice your dishes coming out dirty after running the dishwasher, call one of our plumbers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, or James City County.

Large pieces of food can burn out your disposal as well, causing the need for replacement. Know that most disposals have a red reset button located under the main unit, so try pressing this first. Disposals may not run because a small item, like silverware, bottle caps or coins can jam the disposal blades, so check if this is the case by peering in with a flashlight, but never put your hand inside of the disposal near the blades. Try dislodging it with a tool instead and make sure the unit is off before doing so. If none of these home remedies are working, please call our plumbing company for help.  We’ll get a technician to your home quicker than any other plumbing company.

The average life of a garbage disposal is around 7 years. If your disposal is making excessive noise, it may be time to replace it. Also, if your garbage disposal has paint blisters, that’s called metal cancer and means the unit is getting ready to leak.

Please remember, if you have any garbage disposal problems or need a new one, we can get a technician to your home or business quicker than any other plumbing company.

We also guarantee all of our work!


If you need a garbage disposal repair or installation, please call us at (757) 467-0000 or click here to email us. Let us show you why our customers call us the best plumbing company in Hampton Roads.

More about our plumbers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, and James City County

Since 1987, A-1 Sewer & Drain Plumbing & Heating has consistently served the commercial and home plumbing needs of satisfied customers in Hampton Roads.  With nearly 30 years of work to our credit, our plumbing company in Virginia Beach  is extremely proud of its A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.  Our Class A Contractor plumbing company and its plumbers in Virginia Beach have more than 260 years of combined plumbing services including garbage disposal repair, garbage disposal installation, and drain cleaning, which means we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad and the ugly – and we will solve your plumbing problem with integrity and professionalism.