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Garbage Disposal Eat Something That Didn't Agree With It? 4 Steps To Remove The Clog And Clear The Problem

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You'd think that a garbage disposal could handle anything you send down. Unfortunately, that's just not true. There are many things that can clog up your disposal. Some of the things you should never feed to your garbage disposal include chicken bones, grease and potato skins.

If you didn't found out about that list until it was too late, you might be dealing with a clogged disposal right now. If you are, you'll want to get it unclogged as soon as possible. Before you contact a plumber, you might want to try to take care of the problem for yourself. Here are some step-by-step instructions for clearing a clogged garbage disposal.

Shut Off the Electrical Power to the Garbage Disposal

Before you start working on your garbage disposal, you'll want to turn off the power to the unit. Look under the sink. You should see a power cord that runs from the garbage disposal to a wall socket. Unplug the garbage disposal. Once the power has been turned off to the garbage disposal you'll be able to start clearing the clog.

Look Inside the Disposal

Using a flashlight, look inside the drain that houses the disposal blades. If you see any large objects, use a pair of pliers to remove them from the drain. Once you have the garbage disposal cleared, you'll need to free the blades.

Free the Blade

When garbage disposals get clogged, the blades often freeze. This means that the disposal blades will no longer move freely. You're going to need to free the blades before you test the disposal unit. With the power still off, take the end of a broom handle and place it in the garbage disposal. Press the broom handle up against the blades and push. Do this until the blade moves freely.

Wait For the Motor to Cool

Once you've removed the clog and freed the impeller blades, you'll be ready to turn the disposal back on. Place your hand on the side of the garbage disposal unit. If it still feels warm to the touch, the motor is still too warm to turn back on. Wait about 20 minutes, or until the disposal is no longer warm to the touch. Plug the unit in and press the reset button – the button that is located at the bottom of the unit. Your garbage disposal is now ready to use again.

If you've been feeding your garbage disposal foods that are bad for it, you might be dealing with a clog. Use these handy instructions to get your garbage disposal working again. For stubborn clogs that just don't want to budge, you should contact a plumber (such as one from Garrett Plumbing) for further assistance.