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Garbage Disposal Malfunctions and Starts Fire in Florence Home?

5/14/2024 (Permalink)

A person installs a new garbage disposal in a home. We are leaders in water damage restoration services in Lane County.

Our local South Eugene and Florence teams restore water damage resulting from failed appliances every year in Lane County. While convenient, a household garbage disposal can cause damage to a home if it is not used or maintained properly.

One common issue is clogs, which can occur if inappropriate items like fibrous foods, bones, or grease are disposed of, leading to blockages in the drain pipes. These blockages can cause water to back up into the sink, potentially resulting in overflow and water damage to cabinets, flooring, and surrounding areas.

Additionally, garbage disposals can develop leaks over time due to worn seals, loose connections, or corrosion. These leaks may go unnoticed for some time, causing water to slowly drip or seep into the cabinet below, leading to mold growth, wood rot, and structural damage.

Improper use of garbage disposals, such as running them without enough water or overloading them with food waste, can also strain the motor and other components, leading to premature failure and costly repairs or replacement.

Regular maintenance, such as avoiding putting inappropriate items down the disposal, keeping it clean, and periodically checking for leaks or unusual noises, can help prevent these issues and mitigate the risk of property damage in the home.

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When your home or commercial business in Florence has a water damage emergency from a leaking garbage disposal, our South Eugene and Florence teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-345-0115.

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