The increased use of home amenities has led to more people working from home. Home repairs are being tackled and renovations underway. As people learn how to fix problems around their homes, the need for reliable home maintenance tips is growing exponentially. This blog will show you how to unclog your kitchen sink or garbage disposal.
Garbage Disposal Clogs: Some Reasons
What causes the most frequent clogs in your garbage disposal? If you are a baker, then you will know that the most common culprit for clogs in your garbage disposal is some of the ingredients in your cakes and pie crusts. Your sink can be quickly damaged by putting things down the drain, such as eggs, flour, sugar and butter. Inadvertently dropping things into the disposal can also cause problems.
A garbage disposal can easily become clogged with hard foods such as cobs or pits from avocados and grease and gunk, especially if it isn’t running enough water. You could also experience a decrease in performance and function if you don’t have a good maintenance.
Before you attempt a repair, make sure to read the owner’s manual. Also, unplug your disposal to ensure safety. These steps should get you clear and free in no time if you follow them.
How to Get Rid of Garbage Disposal
- Make sure that the disposal is turned off and that all movement has ceased.
- To find the cause of the blockage, use a flashlight to inspect the drain opening. Don’t touch the drain opening.
- To free the impeller (the blades which grind the garbage), push the end of a wooden probe, such as a broom handle (or large wooden spoon), up against it. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the results.
- Try a wide-mouthed plunger if you still have trouble clearing the clog after trying several times. Push the plunger in a steady motion over the drain opening until the clog is gone. The clog should release with a sludgy popping sound.
- After the blades have stopped moving, allow them to cool down for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, turn off the power supply and hit the reset button.
- To remove food or sludge, run the disposal with hot water.
That’s all! This is a simple solution to a common problem. You may need to look into a more complex issue if you try this multiple times.