The Quick and Easy 5 Minute Fix For a Clogged Garbage Disposal
A paper clip once fell into my garbage disposal without my knowledge. The whole thing seized up and I had no idea what was wrong. I feared I would have to buy a whole new disposal...until I figured out this trick. Watch the video for some added tips on how to clean your disposal with things you already have in your kitchen.
I was able to get the disposal working again and saved Thanksgiving dinner preparations by following a few simple procedures to unclog it. It can be intimidating to a homeowner to try to DIY garbage disposal fixes because they grind and chop food. Don’t be afraid to give this tutorial a try the next time yours stops working but please remember that because they have sharp cutting blades, you should never place your hand or any object inside the drain or disposal when it is on!
You Will Need:
- Long-handled wooden spoon
- Large tongs
- ¼ inch allen wrench or allen wrench included with your garbage disposal
Step 1: Turn Disposal Switch to Off Position
This may seem obvious but be absolutely sure that the disposal switch is set to the off position before moving forward with this tutorial. When you tried to turn it on and nothing happened, you may have left the switch set to the on position and when you clear the clog, it will be on and start working. You will not want your hand or any other object inside when this happens. My garbage disposal switch is located on the front of my kitchen island.
Step 2: Remove Food or Other Items
I used my hands and large metal tongs to remove as much food as I could from the clogged disposal. Try to look down inside the drain and determine what might be the cause of the clog or if there is an item lodged inside that can be removed.
Step 3: Turn Blade Manually Above Sink
I used the long handle portion of a wooden spoon to try to turn the blades manually from the sink drain. Place the handle of the spoon down inside the drain/disposal and try to manually rotate the sharp cutting disc. If this doesn’t help, you will have to go underneath your sink to the disposal motor.
Step 5: Look for clogged Items Again
After manually turning the blades, I looked inside the sink drain to see if the trapped food or non-food item was visible. If so, remove the food or trapped item now.
Step 6: Turn on Disposal Switch
Turn on the disposal and run water down the train for several seconds. If the disposal is still not working, there may be a more complicated problem than a clog and it could be time to consult a plumber!
It is so common for a garbage disposal to become clogged by overloading it with food or even from non-food items falling into the drain and getting trapped. Before calling a plumber, which can be quite expensive, it is very easy to try to unclog the disposal and get it running again. Although the disposal has sharp cutting blades, don’t be too intimidated to try to correct a simple clog, and follow these steps to get your disposal working properly again!
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- Hex Key/Allen Wrench (In house)
- Wooden spoon (In House)