Looking for advice on how to unclog a garbage disposal? Sure, it’s not a lovely job, but it is one you can usually do yourself without having to fork out to hire a plumber. We talk you through all the steps to get the job done quickly and efficiently right here.
Garbage disposals work by breaking up food scraps before they reach the drainpipe, they do this with blades run by an electric motor that’s attached to the underside of your kitchen sink. Tempting as it may be, not everything can be put down – food scraps are fine – meat, fruit and veg, but some items that are fibrous can get tangled in the blades – onion skin and cornhusks for example.
Oils are also a no, as are fats like butter and grease. They can form clogs that will combine with other elements and cause blockages. Food that expands is also not recommended, like pasta and some vegetables and coffee grounds can cause a thick sludge. Bones are an obvious no as are any pits from avocado or fruit.
Other key points are to feed the garbage slowly which will give it time to chop up the scraps, and make sure you keep the water running as this will help everything to drain through naturally.
So don’t panic! We have some great tips below on how to help keep your garbage disposal running smoothly and how to unclog it should you ever need to.
1. Listen for the noise it’s making
Please don’t put your hand in the garbage disposal at any point, the first thing to do is to have a listen to your unit as it could…