How to Unclog a Clogged Garbage Disposal

How to Unclog a Clogged Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is one of the most convenient appliances in your kitchen, but if your garbage disposal is constantly clogged, it can be anything but.

The thing about garbage disposals is that although they’re convenient, they’re fickle.

And more often than not, homeowners overestimate what their garbage disposal can handle.

Even the most careful homeowners will have to deal with a clogged garbage disposal from time to time.

Fortunately, with a little know-how you can save yourself a headache.

In this blog post, you’ll learn how to unclog your garbage disposal and how you can prevent future clogs from happening.

How to Unclog Your Garbage Disposal in 6 Steps

Note: You should always refer to your owner’s manual first. If your owner’s manual isn’t helpful, follow these easy steps.

1. Turn off the power to the garbage disposal.

2. Locate the switch. This is located under the cabinet, close to the garbage disposal. If you can’t find the switch, go to the main power source panel and turn off the breaker.

3. Inspect the garbage disposal. Look for anything out of the ordinary. Sometimes the clog is caused by something as simple as a lodged fork.

4. Remove the debris. To remove any debris, you’ll want to use pliers or a similar tool. Avoid using your hands because the blades will be sharp.

5. Wait 10 minutes for the garbage disposal motor to cool down.

6. Reset the garbage disposal. Simply turn on the power and press the reset button.

How to Prevent Garbage Disposal Clogs

Although your garbage disposal helps break up food waste, it can’t handle everything you throw its way. If you’re tired of clearing your garbage disposal from clogs, keep these tips in mind to prevent food from getting stuck.

Turn the water on when you run the garbage disposal. Running the water helps flush out the drain pipes. If it gets too dry in there, your garbage disposal will have a hard time processing food waste.

Don’t put too much food waste in the garbage disposal at a single time. Work in batches if you have to. Too much food waste will be too much strain on your appliance.

Don’t put any of these down your garbage disposal: Artichokes, bones from meat or fish, celery, coffee grounds, corn cobs, fruit pits or rinds, grease or oils, pasta, potato peels.

Contact Climate Design Today for Plumbing Service in Clearwater

If you’re dealing with a broken garbage disposal or you just can’t seem to fix a stubborn clog, give the Climate Design team a call.

Our team offers industry-leading plumbing services, including garbage disposals repair and replacements.

Call us today to learn how we can help, or schedule your appointment online.