If there’s too little water, fill the sink up a bit more, about 2 inches (10 cm), and start plunging with moderate pressure (the sink is not as strong as the toilet.) Do that several times. The only problem is it might get a bit messy and dirty. Jewelry – It might be a good idea to take off any rings before doing the dishes. In the worst scenario – your waste disposer is too old for maintenance to be of use, you might need some help to look for a new, suitable model. This should help to clear out any remaining debris in the drain. Drop one quick-dissolving pack into your disposal to clear the drain and leave a fresh citrus scent. How do I unclog a garbage disposal? If there’s not enough water running, your garbage disposal can clog or, at the very least, will have a tough time processing the waste. If the sink fills with water again, you may have clogged grinding mechanisms in your garbage disposal or a clogged drain.
Then after using it tape the wrench to the disposal so you know where it is the next time you need to use it. After turning the machine off, either we can scoop/syphon the water into a bucket or we can use a plunger/plumber’s helper. A clogged garbage disposal unit can cause water to back up into the sink. These foods, among many others, are not meant to go down the garbage disposal. If there are grounds and other waste clogging your trap, a bucket and towels will minimize any mess. Did you know that a garbage disposal has a reset button that will restore it from an overload? Don’t continue to run the disposal when it’s jammed—this can burn out the motor. It’s actually simple down here. Here you are not pouring anything down the garbage disposal except for a pot or kettle full of boiling water. Heat up a few cups of water in a pot or tea kettle until it boils and then pour the boiling water down the drain.
With this method you would just pour 1/2 cup of salt down the drain, follow it with a pot or kettle full of boiling water. If after the water has drained but the garbage disposal is still clogged and isn’t working then try examining the cylinder with a flash light and with a pair of pliers or tong, dislodge whatever got stuck within the cutting blades manually. If you’re lucky, that will unclog the disposal entirely. You will see some “fizz” coming out of the drain in a few minutes. As shown in the diagram here, a shredder inside the unit breaks down the food, and then an impeller arm and plate force the liquid and particles out the drain. Keeping grease, fat or oily liquid in jars is optimal. 1. …pour grease or fat down the drain. Insert a wooden spoon handle or a broom handle into the garbage disposal through the sink drain and manually turn the flywheel until it moves freely.
There is more food being cooked, more friends and family in the home all resulting in more overall usage of your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document. If so, carefully use a pair of long-handled tongs or pliers to retrieve these items and clear the way. Once all visible items have been removed, turn the breaker back on, and then turn on the disposal. Should any of the above items manage to clog up your disposal, put on your DIY hat, and proceed to the below steps to get things fixed up in a jiffy. There are a few easy things that you can try to unclog your unit before you call in a plumber. This part can be complex if you are not familiar with removing your plumbing assembly.
Similar to regular pliers, they include an extended adjustment section and angled jaw that allows them to grip pipes and plumbing parts of various sizes. After using a pair of the pliers, you may need to use a plunger to lift out even more food debris that you couldn’t reach with the pliers. Use pliers/tongs and pick them out. We also recommend taking this action once a month to clean out your drains as a precautionary measure to prevent any future clogs. After you’ve done this, flip the switch to your garbage disposal to see if the water drains. If the garbage disposal is not draining or disposal water comes back up through the sink drain, the problem is generally with the garbage disposal drain, not the disposal unit. 2. …use hot water when grinding. 5. …turn the machine off too soon when grinding. A good practice is to always flush your waste disposal unit with cold water when it finishes grinding food. You’ll know your disposal is jammed or clogged when the motor hums but the disposal doesn’t grind, is overly noisy, or runs and then stops before you turn it off. If your P-trap doesn’t have a quick disconnect, you may need some channel-type pliers or channel-locks.