Your garbage disposal unit is a vital part of your kitchen as it contributes to the overall cleanliness and orderliness of the place.
It helps remove bad odor from food wastes, and makes it easier for you to dispose food wastes which will otherwise be a breeding ground of insects and scavengers if not thrown away immediately.
That is why it is very important to fix the problem on your disposal unit the very first signs of malfunction.
Some technical glitch can be fixed by simple resetting or unscrewing but there are other problems which may require the help of a professional plumber such as that of a leaking pipe.
When you hire someone to fix your device, it follows that you need to pay for the service.
Below is a sample breakdown of the things you need to pay should you decide to have your garbage disposal unit fixed:
- Labor expense – the fee you pay for the expertise of the technician of the plumber
- Job materials and supplies – This will include those materials which the repair man may have to buy in order to complete the fix of your unit. This may include connectors, mounting hardware and fittings. Depending on how huge the damage there is to your device, the number of materials to supply may be more.
- Labor set up time – Apart from the labor expense you pay to the repair man for his expertise, you will also be expected to pay for the labor set up time. This includes the mobilization and transport of the workers.
- Cost for equipment delivery – While most materials can be purchased locally, there may be times when you’ll have to purchase it from a different state. This will incur additional cost for transportation and delivery which you are also expected to pay.
There are also few considerations that can affect the amount you pay for the entire repair service. They are:
- Location of the repair
- Nature of the repair
Locations of the repair mean where the unit is used. Is it in a household setting or a business setting? A restaurant or a fast food chain?
Where the unit is used matter because the scheduling and the amount of labor varies a lot. For instance, disposal units used in restaurants may cost higher because of the complexity of the repair and the need to schedule the repair process (because remember, you can’t just expect a big restaurant to only have a single unit).
Also there might be other commercial chains that are on the line for the repair service so if you want to be served first, you may have to pay additional fee.
Nature of the repair on the other hand means the damage that needs to be fixed on your unit. The more complex the damage is, the higher the pay. For instance, if your unit needs both a pipe repair and a grinder replacement, you’ll spend more compared to a simple removal of a jammed object.
The bottom line is, you’ll have to prepare for possible technical glitch that your disposal unit may experience. If it’s a simple glitch, then you can refer to basic how-to’s you’ll find online.
However, if you need to hire a professional to do the legwork, then having a budget beforehand will be comfortable.
Have you tried having your disposal unit fixed? How much did you spend on it?