Garbage Disposal (by Tonya [KY]) Apr 8, 2021 3:15 PM|
Garbage Disposal (by Gene [OH]) Apr 8, 2021 3:25 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 8, 2021 3:30 PM
Garbage Disposal (by DJ [VA]) Apr 8, 2021 5:31 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 8, 2021 5:34 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Apr 8, 2021 6:29 PM
Garbage Disposal (by razorback_tim [AR]) Apr 8, 2021 8:07 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Apr 8, 2021 8:21 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Bonanza [NC]) Apr 8, 2021 8:23 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Apr 8, 2021 8:52 PM
Garbage Disposal (by W [CA]) Apr 8, 2021 9:11 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Vee [OH]) Apr 9, 2021 6:12 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Lois [CA]) Apr 13, 2021 1:11 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Lois [CA]) Apr 13, 2021 1:14 PM
Garbage Disposal (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 13, 2021 3:21 PM
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Garbage Disposal (by Tonya [KY]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 3:15 PM
My name is Tonya and Iím a Property Manager. I have a tenant that called me and said that her blades werenít spinning for her garbage disposal. I asked her if she could use a flashlight to see if there was anything down there stopping it. She text me and wait.... she said well I stuck my hand down there and I couldnít feel anything!!! Uggg!!! I sent someone out to look and there was a hair tie and a screw stopping the blades from turning. What would you say to the tenant about charging them next time if we pull out things like that again? Thanks! --74.141.xxx.xxx
Garbage Disposal (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 3:25 PM
"I stuck my hand down there and I couldnít feel anything!!!"
When I read those words, I could just see a lawsuit happening.
Another good reason, I remove garbage disposals from all my properties including my own home. They aren't worth the trouble. Make life simple for you and your tenant. --149.19.xx.xx
Garbage Disposal (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 3:30 PM
I'd make sure you have a clause in your lease that says any service call due to tenant neglect will be charged $XX in addition to the parts and labor charges to make the repair. Then you simply would send notice quoting that clause in the lease and tell her payment is due for the repair.
Also, just so you know in the future...another thing that often happen is a seized disposal...and there are two things that are easy to try before further contacting a technician/plumber.
1) First turn off the breaker to the disposal. Then take the small hex wrench that came with the disposal (I tape them onto the underside of our sinks) and use it to stick in the bottom of the disposal and manually rotate the device a couple revolutions in each direction. Remove the wrench, turn the breaker back on, and test it. That may fix it.
2) There is often a circuit breaker located on the unit, usually a red button. Try pressing this to see if the internal breaker was tripped.
3) CHeck with a voltage sniffer tool for power at the unit (while the switch is turned on obviously).
Garbage Disposal (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 5:31 PM
Listen to Hoosier.
And tell them to NEVER put any body part that they want to keep into a machine that has sharp blades to grind things up!! --68.229.xxx.xxx
Garbage Disposal (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 5:34 PM
I am a licensed plumber, contractor, property manager and owner of income property. One of my clients had the same issue, couldn't prove who did what and when to the disposer. So I looked at the screw found inside the disposer.
It was an old screw that was used to mount the mini-blind brackets to the window frame. The old window treatments were mini-blinds, that were removed and replaced with curtains -- in the kitchen. The owner hired the painters to remove the old mini-blinds and that's when a screw got dropped in the disposer. No one checked to see if anything was in the disposer before the unit was re-rented.
For this and other reasons, I always check the disposers between tenancys. --47.155.xx.xxx
Garbage Disposal (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 6:29 PM
Sometimes the cheap disposals rust and get stuck that way, especially if they haven't been used regularly. Once freed up, run some dishwashing detergent and hot water in the disposal.
Had one that was blocked simply due to rust. --108.69.xxx.xxx
Garbage Disposal (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 8:07 PM
Charge them this time. Don't wait until next time. --70.178.x.xx
Garbage Disposal (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 8:21 PM
There is a red button on the bottom of the disposal that might be tripped.
Also, there is a small jog that I have. It is a magnet on a small string that gets fished down there to pick up the spoon that will be jammed down the drain - but tenant will claim has always been there.
Make sure to shut that circuit down completely before placing you meat grabbers down the GD --24.154.xx.x
Garbage Disposal (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 8:23 PM
I remove all garbage disposals. They encourage people to put things down pipes that they should not be putting down there. They are a dumb dumb dumb appliance. --65.188.xxx.xxx
Garbage Disposal (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 8:52 PM
I'm still cringing. Hand in a disposal? Never underestimate the stupidity of a Tenant. Thank goodness she didn't lose any fingers! --72.197.xx.xx
Garbage Disposal (by W [CA]) Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 9:11 PM
Prefer idiot proof apartments - no gas all electric (so Ts can't blow themselves up while doing drugs, no sinkerators (been removing them), wired in smoke detectors - harder to deny there was a smoke detector after they remove it to smoke weed or meth and set the building on fire . . . also bungalow apartments have the advantage that Ts can't get drunk then fall off the stairs a full story while staggering around . . . --91.196.xxx.xx
Garbage Disposal (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 9, 2021 6:12 PM
I would suggest getting a qualified property manager to help you, and eliminate those disposals to save the owner money and insurance savings. --76.188.xxx.xxx
Garbage Disposal (by Lois [CA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2021 1:11 PM
"First turn off the breaker to the disposal."
Wouldn't it be sufficient to just unplug the disposal? --99.89.xx.xx
Garbage Disposal (by Lois [CA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2021 1:14 PM
I had a call from new tenant this morning about disposal.
Maybe something growing in it?
I'll start a new thread.
Garbage Disposal (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2021 3:21 PM
Lois, most disposals are hard wired, not plugged in. As a home inspector with over 1,400 inspections under my belt, I can attest to this. --99.92.xxx.xxx
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