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Jackson's Garbage Disposal Specialists

Kitchen sink garbage disposals are here to make your life easier, cleaner, and even a little cheaper. When it comes to garbage disposals, there aren’t a lot of extra features to sort through when the hidden appliance has such a straight-forward job. In-sink grinders (or ISGs) and garbage disposals slice, dice, and grind away food waste to reduce the amount of trash in your garbage cans and plumbing pipes, as simple as that. That singular function makes picking the right garbage disposal for your household  fairly uncomplicated. The experts at Aspen Plumbing Services are here to help install or repair your garbage disposal.

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Tips From The Garbage Disposal Experts

When it comes to garbage disposals, our team of highly skilled and trained drain experts have years of experience and can provide you with all of the information that you need to ensure your homes garbage disposal systems stay functioning properly year round. Below you will find helpful information about maintaining your garbage disposal, but feel free to call our team any time with any questions or concerns that you may have!

Common Garbage Disposal Issues

However simple in concept, garbage disposals are still mechanical appliances and they can break or cause damage to other objects around them if they are not properly maintained. Here are a few common issues that you may run into, and how to fix them:


Backed up clogging happens in the drain pipe itself, not in the garbage disposal. Even the best disposals and the most finely ground waste can get caught on grease and grime and other common plumbing problems. If you think your garbage disposal is clogged call the experts at Aspen Plumbing Services today.


You garbage disposal will jam when an obstruction in the tank blocks the movement of the blades or impellers. Most modern garbage disposals will include a reset button. A wrench applied to the screw at the bottom can manually turn the internal shredder ring to reverse the direction and dislodge problem waste debris. If you’re unable to remove the jam, call Aspen Plumbing Services today to schedule your appointment.

Garbage Disposal Usage Tips

Your garbage disposal is a handy kitchen tool that can alleviate clogs in your sink and drain by pulverizing food particles to make it easier to pass through your plumbing pipes. However, it is important to be mindful of what you’re putting into it to ensure it works smoothly for years to come. Here are some common items to avoid putting down your disposal:

  • Corn husks
  • Fruit pits
  • Egg shells and seafood shells
  • Bones
  • Cooking oils
  • Grease and fat
  • Paint
  • Banana peels
  • Potato skins
  • Pastas and rice
  • Coffee grounds

If you’re having issues with your disposal or want one installed, call Aspen Plumbing Services today.

Garbage Disposals and Septic Tanks

Garbage disposals are good for the busy home plumbing system because it can grind up the food particles that would otherwise sneak down the drain whole, but some sewer and septic systems are not equipped to handle the direct food debris. The chemical environment may not be capable of deteriorating the waste efficiently and some municipalities will have rules in place to ensure the sewer is kept healthy. With septic tanks, a garbage disposal adds to the amount of waste and water that goes into the tank. It may be a minimal amount, depending on how often the disposal is used, but it can have an impact on how quickly the tank fills. Always make sure to choose a garbage disposal with a high horsepower if you have a septic system. There are disposal models specifically designed to work with septic tanks to help reduce the load. These disposals grind the food waste very fine, and inject an extra dose of important enzymes and microorganisms that help the food waste deteriorate in the tank. Aspen Plumbing Services can install or repair any garbage disposal in Jackson Michigan and the surrounding areas so call today to schedule your appointment.

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At Aspen Plumbing Services, we are dedicated to being the trusted plumbing, soft water and drain cleaning and jetting experts, and have been for over 40 years. We serve all of Jackson County and many surrounding areas and our team works hard to ensure our customers get exactly what they need. From using top-of-the-line equipment to making sure our team is well-trained, we strive to provide 5-star service each and every time. Call us today to schedule your service to find out why we have earned a reputation of integrity and quality work.

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Chemical drain cleaners can be dangerous and we do not recommend their use in household drains for several reasons. The heat generated by the caustic and acidic cleaners can damage your pipes, especially older pipes, and they can become weakened and crack over time. Regular use can lead to expensive repairs down the line because damaged pipes are more susceptible to leaking or even bursting. Our expert plumbers in Jackson have the proper equipment and knowledge to assess your clog and get your pipes running smoothly quickly! Call us today at (517) 750-9913!

Some plumbing leaks can be hard to detect, especially if they are behind your walls or in the ceiling. While small leaks may not necessarily indicate a large issue, over time they can cause a lot of damage, far beyond just your plumbing by causing mold and damage to your drywall and subflooring. Below are just a few indications that you might have a plumbing leak:

  • Your water bills are increasing but your water usage is staying the same
  • You are seeing discoloration or staining on the walls or on your ceiling
  • Reduced water pressure unexpectedly
  • Strange sounds in your walls near where pipes run

If you’re experiencing any of these call the experts at Aspen Pluming Services today for a full plumbing inspection!

In Jackson Michigan and the surrounding areas our winters get cold and frozen pipes can wreak havoc on your plumbing and home. In colder temperatures (20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) we recommend allowing your faucets to drip slightly, especially if they are within an exterior wall or if you expect to be away from home for a period of time. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent them from freezing. You can also insulate the interior of the wall behind and around the pipes to help prevent the pipes from freezing. If you’re a homeowner in Jackson and your pipes freeze, call us 24/7 for emergency service.

Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom or laundry sink, it’s important to be mindful of what you put down the drain. Substances such as grease, flour, oils, caustic chemicals and other sticky substances should not go down your drain. Over time, they may cause a clog which will slow down your drains and could cause serious plumbing complications. Be sure to dispose of these liquids properly to ensure your drains and pipes are running smooth for years to come.

Over time, roots can enter your in-ground pipes either through a cracked pipe or broken pipe connection. The roots follow water the water and oxygen and they can cause extensive pipe damage and clogs. Our expert plumbers and drain cleaning and jetting experts at Aspen Plumbing Services have the knowledge and equipment to remove the roots and repair or replace the pipe. If you expect your pipes may have roots, call us today at (517) 750-9913.

Have you flushed the toilet just to come back later and find it still running? This is a common occurrence especially in homes with older toilets because over time the flapper loses its water-tight seal around the flush-valve opening allowing water to continue to flow into the toilet bowl from the tank. This can be very costly and cause your water meter or well-pump to run excessively. If your toilet looks to be in need of repair or replacement, call Aspen Plumbing Services today.

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We offer a wide range of financing options for every budget and situation and can finance both large and small plumbing projects. For more information, call us today to speak with a member of our team who can answer any questions you may have. For immediate approval, click on the link below to get approved in just a few minutes.
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