A clogged garbage disposal can be a pain in the neck. Now, before getting a plumber to fix it, why don’t you take a crack at fixing it by yourself? These are some methods of how to clean out a clogged garbage disposal that you can do at home.
The causes of the clogs
The blockage may happen due to the food debris and coffee grounds that are not flushed properly. It can also happen because you’ve dropped fork or spoon in it. If you feed the garbage disposal too rapidly, it can also cause the clogs.
How to unclog the garbage disposal
There are some simple yet effective methods to unclog your garbage disposal. You can even do unclog it by yourself without getting it fixed. And, of course, you can have a nest egg.
- Safety first
As a garbage disposal has sharp spinning blades to break down foods into tiny pieces, you have to make sure that your disposal has been turned off completely. You don’t want to hurt yourself, do you? Therefore, it is essential that it be turned off.
- Check what is in the disposal
Using a flashlight, try to shed some light into your disposal and find out what is going on. If the clog is caused by an object rather than foods, you can reach and remove it by using a pair of pliers.
If the blockage is caused by food debris that sticks to the pipes, you need to plunge the sink. You can try using a plunger to pull up the debris. Then, run your disposal to see whether it has been unclogged.
- The clog is under the sink
It turns out that the blockage is under the sink. Then, what should you do? You have to turn the blades manually to break up the materials causing the clog.
Some disposals have a built-in manual operator that you can find at the bottom of the disposer. But if you can’t find it, you will need an Allen wrench to do it. Insert the wrench and begin to manually turn the blades.
- Check the P-trap
If flushing, plunging, and manually turning the blades do not work, the clog is likely to happen in the P-trap, so you have to take a look at it.
The P-trap is a pipe behind the disposal unit. The shape is like the letter “P”. It connects to the trap arm that you can find on the back wall of the disposal unit.
Before cleaning the pipe, place a bucket and a used cloth under the pipe as it may be messy. Simply loosen up the slip nut, then begin to clean it using a small wire brush. After that, rinse the P-trap using hot water. Then, assemble the pipe and nuts back.
- Check whether the problem has been solved
Now, it’s time to check whether the disposal is ready to use again. But, you need to let the motor cool down for about 15 minutes before running the disposal. Then, run some water and the disposal to see whether you are all set.
Those are the methods of how to clean out a clogged garbage disposal. It’s easy peasy, isn’t it? Good luck!