A garbage disposal is one of the most useful items you will have in your kitchen. However, you can encounter serious problems when it is clogged. If it isn’t properly taken care of at that point, you can totally ruin it. Fortunately, there are several ways to take care of this problem.There are several things to remember when trying to unclog a garbage disposal. First, never stick your hand into the disposal, as this could result in serious injury to your hand and fingers. Also, don’t use chemical drain cleaners because the caustic components can damage the disposal. Finally, if you have done this, do not use a plunger because this could cause the chemicals to splash on your body, face or eyes and cause burns. In this article you will learn about 4 Ways to Unclog a Garbage Disposal.
How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal Without a Plumber
4 Ways to Unclog a Garbage Disposal
- Begin by pouring ¼ cup of baking soda into the sink’s drain. Then pour a ½ cup of white vinegar, allowing both to fizz for several minutes. Run hot water into the drain for a few minutes. If your disposal is still clogged, unplug it from the electrical outlet and look inside with a flashlight. See if there is anything stuck in there, such as meat bones. Using a tool such as tongs or needle-nosed pliers, remove anything that shouldn’t be there. Turn the disposal back on to check if the disposal works again and is running clear.
- If this does not work, go underneath the sink and look for the dishwasher drain pipe that is connected to the garbage disposal (if you have a dishwasher). You will want to use a hand or a bar clamp on the disposal nozzle that is at the end of the dishwasher’s drain line which enters the actual disposal. This clamp will help stop the dishwasher drain hose from coming off the disposal nozzle when you are plunging the sink.
- Put the plunger so that it completely covers the sink drain. Cover the plunger with roughly ½ an inch of water. Plunge the sink’s drain vigorously for about 20 seconds.
- Check the drain by running the faucet to see if it is clear, and keep repeating until it is. Make sure you are running it with hot water to clear residue.
Things to Consider
- A garbage disposal works by using it’s spinning blades to break down food. If you are not careful and allow bones through it will cause it to break down.
- Not allowing tough food enough time to break down could cause it to get jammed, especially without the appropriate amount of water.
- You should never pour grease down the drain. This will clog your garbage disposal drain quite easily.
- Using a flashlight down the drain will help you figure out exactly what you need to do to fix the clog.
- Run dish soap into your garbage disposal and let it run for a couple of minutes with cold water after you are done washing dishes.
- Make sure you run your disposal on a regular basis. It prevents rust and corrosion. It also ensures that every part stays moving and stops obstructions from beginning to accumulate.
- Cut larger pieces into smaller ones. Put them in one at a time rather than trying to shove something large in all at once.
With proper care, it will be easy to take care of your garbage disposal. However, if problems do come up you can easily take care of it, without the expense of a plumber. These simple tricks and tips will make your life a lot easier. Just make sure you take the proper precautions to not do yourself any harm.
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