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Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

Garbage disposals are an essential appliance in modern kitchens, helping to efficiently break down food waste and keep your kitchen clean. However, like any appliance, they may require repair or replacement over time. B.L James & Son Plumbing in Arlington, Virginia, is your trusted partner for garbage disposal repair and installation services.

What Does Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation Entail?

Garbage disposal repair involves identifying and fixing issues such as clogs, jams, leaks, or electrical problems. Our professionals will assess the condition of your garbage disposal and recommend the best course of action, whether it's a simple repair or a complete replacement.

Garbage disposal installation involves removing your old unit, if applicable, and installing a new one that meets your specific needs and preferences. Our skilled technicians will ensure that your new garbage disposal is properly connected and functioning efficiently.

Signs and Symptoms of an Bad Garbage Disposal

  • Persistent clogging or slow draining
  • Unusual noises or excessive vibrations
  • Persistent foul odors, even after cleaning
  • Leaks from the garbage disposal unit
  • Inability to turn on or frequent resets

Benefits and Advantages of Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation by B.L. James & Son Plumbing

Expert service

Our skilled technicians have the experience and expertise to repair or install your garbage disposal quickly and efficiently.

Competitive pricing

Our services are fairly priced to provide the best value for your money.

Quality products

We work with top-quality garbage disposal brands to ensure long-lasting performance and reliability.


We offer flexible scheduling to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

What B.L James & Son Plumbing Does When Repairing or Installing a New Garbage Disposal

  • Inspection and assessment of your current garbage disposal
  • Clearing of clogs or jams, if necessary
  • Repair or replacement of faulty components
  • Installation of a new garbage disposal, if required
  • Testing to ensure proper function and efficiency

Garbage disposals can fail or break for several reasons:

Improper use

Disposing of non-food items or fibrous materials can cause jams or clogs.

Lack of maintenance

Not cleaning or maintaining your garbage disposal can lead to buildup and odors.


Feeding too much waste at once can strain the motor and cause damage.

Electrical issues

Wiring problems or power surges can damage the motor or electrical components.

Trust B.L James & Son Plumbing for expert garbage disposal repair and installation services in Arlington, Virginia. Our skilled technicians will assess your needs and provide the best solutions for a smoothly functioning kitchen.

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Call B.L. James & Son

The B.L. James & Son team likes to move quick and reply to customer inquiries the same business day. Once we troubleshoot the issue, estimates are provided the same day or by the end of the next day. Our work begins the moment you call, and since we’re open 24 hours a day there’s no reason to wait. Call B.L. James & Son anytime, we’ll be there to help.

How long do garbage disposals typically last?

Garbage disposals generally last between 8 to 15 years, depending on the brand, model, and usage. Regular maintenance can help prolong the life of your garbage disposal.

Can I fix a garbage disposal myself?

While some minor issues can be resolved by homeowners, such as unclogging or pressing the reset button, it's best to consult a professional for more complex repairs or installations to ensure safety and proper functioning.

What should I avoid putting in my garbage disposal?

Avoid disposing of fibrous materials (such as celery, corn husks, or artichokes), grease, oil, large bones, eggshells, coffee grounds, and non-food items. These can cause clogs or damage the disposal's motor.

How can I maintain my garbage disposal?

Regularly clean your garbage disposal by running cold water and a mild detergent through it. You can also use ice cubes and citrus peels to clean the grinding chamber and remove odors.

How do I know when it's time to replace my garbage disposal?

If your garbage disposal is frequently malfunctioning, producing unusual noises, or leaking despite attempts to repair it, it may be time to consider a replacement.

Can I use a garbage disposal with a septic system?

Yes, you can use a garbage disposal with a septic system. However, it's essential to choose a model specifically designed for septic systems and ensure proper maintenance of both the disposal and the septic system to prevent issues.

How much does it cost to install or repair a garbage disposal?

The cost of installing or repairing a garbage disposal can vary based on factors such as the type of disposal, labor charges, and whether additional plumbing work is required. It's best to consult with a professional, like B.L James & Son Plumbing, for an accurate estimate tailored to your specific needs.

What size garbage disposal should I choose for my home?

The right size of garbage disposal for your home depends on factors like the size of your household and the frequency of use. For smaller households, a 1/3 or 1/2 horsepower model may be sufficient, while larger families or frequent users may benefit from a 3/4 or 1 horsepower unit. Consult with a professional like B.L James & Son Plumbing to determine the best option for your needs.

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