Garbage Disposal Problems You Can Solve in New Orleans
Posted in Garbage Disposals,Plumbing Tips
, Posted on
,Tips by

Ahhhhh, you’ve just had another enjoyable family dinner. Now it’s time to tackle the dishes. You’ve cleared off the plates into the drain and now it’s time for the magic to happen. You turn on the garbage disposal …and oh no! It doesn’t work. Here’s a few things you can check before reaching for that phone to call Bienvenu Brothers.

How Do I Fix My Garbage Disposal?

You are going to be sitting on the floor, so now is a good time to change your clothes if needed. Make room under your sink to get access to your garbage disposal. You don’t want to be distracted by knocking over cleaning supplies.

Now flip the garbage disposal switch and listen. Is it quiet? Is it humming? It is churning?

If it is quiet, then the solution could be as easy as locating the reset button near the bottom of the disposal and pressing it. If that doesn’t work, unplug the disposal and plug something else into the outlet to make sure it is getting power.

It it humming? The chances are you have something jammed in that won’t allow the blades to do its job. Now is a good time to CUT THE POWER to the disposal before you do any more investigating. A working garbage disposal can be a deadly weapon when it is receiving power. Always use caution!

Look at the bottom of the disposal. Often there is a hex-shaped hole that you can fit a hex wrench into. This will allow you to try to free the blades from the clog. If that isn’t possible, putting an object like a shortened broom stick into the sink to try to free the blades might be just enough to break the jam.

Is it churning? Again, CUT THE POWER first. It may be that something has found its way into the drain that shouldn’t have, such as banana peels or other fibrous food waste. Use tongs to try to pull the material out and give your garbage disposal a fighting chance to get running again.

We hope you’ve solved your garbage disposal problem and now have your dirty dishes put into the dishwasher and can continue to enjoy your evening. If that is not the case though, check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call. The Bienvenu family has been helping New Orleans with all their garbage disposal needs since 1937.

Contact us Request service image
Contact Us
Request Info
OUR SERVICES

We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

Raymond Perry

Dear Bienvenu Brothers, I am way behind in my correspondence, but I wanted to thank you for the quick, efficient, honest service I received on December 19, 2011. My hot H2O heater went out. I called Bienvenu Brothers because of a recommendation. It was so close to the holidays, but yet you made it possible for my family to take hot showers that night. The computer board went out, and Kirk said it was under warranty and only charged me for the service fee. Since I had never used you before, I was amazed. Thanks for everything!

Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

Jana H.

To Louis and all the Bienvenu Brothers: A very gracious thank you! Your help over this last weekend with my grandmother’s house is sincerely appreciated by our family. Everyone we spoke with was kind and very helpful. The no charge for the service was over the top! Bless you and your family. 

April DiGiovanni & Family

Louis & Crew: Thank you so much. Your workmanship is among the best. We are very happy with the new bathroom.

Leo & Paul F.

Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

Martha & Al A.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: Thank you so much for allowing us to pay off our new hot water heater. I also appreciate your help with this costly bill, and also with the excellent service we received from your Technicians. We look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Albert W. C Jr.

Dear Sirs: Just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all did a wonderful job and people have given you praise. 

Janie F.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: I wish to commend your entire staff for helping me get my mom’s sewer problem handled in an efficient and effective manner. Your office assistant (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name listened to my plight and relayed my concerns to the plumber. Louis Jr worked with me over the course of two days assuring me that he would give the problem his best effort but could not guarantee we wouldn’t have to dig up the entire front yard. His integrity and dedication got the job done! And then the gentleman (I think his name was Rick) who my mom talked with, assured her that her bill could be paid over a few months’ time, which is “life saving” to an elderly person on a fixed income, who wishes to remain independent. I could not have asked for more. 

Mrs. F.

Just wanted to pass on my sincere appreciation for everything you did with my tankless water heater. Hope I don’t have to call anytime soon.

Gina V.
Call (504) 835-7783