Everyone knows some of the obvious scenarios when you need to call a plumber. Leakage and broken pipes are our specialty at Trenchless Replacement Specialists. But some problems are more annoying than urgent. One great example is problems with your garbage disposal.

If there’s a foul smell coming from your kitchen sink, chances are it’s coming from your garbage disposal. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few simple solutions; many that can be accomplished with common household items.


Start by cleaning up as best you can. Just use dish soap and scrub the areas of the drain you can reach. Bits of food can get lodged in the sink drain before they even make their way into the disposal. Also wipe out the rim and rubber coating that lead into the disposal. If it’s been long enough, these bits of food may have turned to mold.


If the stink persists, plug the drain, and fill the sink about halfway. You can use very soapy water or vinegar. Unclog the drain, and turn the disposal on. Let it run until the sink is empty. This may flush out any food trapped in the disposal.


Sometimes the smell is caused not by old or moldy food, but by a slimy, greasy build-up that just won’t clear the disposal. For this you’ll need ice cubes and kosher salt. Pour a large cup of ice down the drain and start the disposal. Then dump in about half a cup of salt, while still running. The ice and salt should be abrasive enough to grind away any residue. If you use this method, be sure to rinse everything out with water when you’re done.


All of these things are good regular maintenance for your garbage disposal. It will help keep them running strong, the blades sharp, and will wash away any leftover food before you even know it’s there. A pot of boiling water down the drain once every few weeks is another routine maintenance trick that will help keep your pipes healthy.


Want to prevent your garbage disposal from stinking up in the first place? Here are a few preventive measures: Don’t put “stringy” vegetables down the drain (like celery). Starchy foods, like potatoes, also don’t work well. Don’t be afraid to let the motor run an extra second or two just to make sure everything gets through.


If none of the above worked, here’s a final tip: Lift the rubber flaps from the drain, and pour in about half a cup of baking soda. Next, fill the drain until it covers the water. Then pour in half a cup of vinegar, and let it sit. After an hour, kick on the garbage disposal and let cold water run for a minute. That should get rid of the stink and make your kitchen smell normal again!

At Trenchless Replacement Specialists, we can repair anything pipe-related in your home, with our state-of-the-art no-dig techniques. Make an appointment today by calling 432-580-7693.