What Can I Do to Fix a Clogged Garbage Disposal?

Nobody wants a clogged garbage disposal, especially not during the festive season when lots of family and friends descend on your home! If you’re currently stuck in a garbage disposal nightmare and just cannot unblock it no matter what you do, follow the steps below.

Unblock Your Garbage Disposal

  1. First, you’ll need to determine the source of the blockage. To do this, you must switch your garbage disposal off. This is imperative to avoid any injuries or accidents while you check.
  2. Once you’ve safely switched your disposal system off, grab a flashlight (or use the flash on your phone) to get a good look down the drain.
  3. The blockage is going to be one of three things. It’s either going to be a buildup of debris, a large piece of food, or a non-food item. Non-food items often include cutlery and other kitchen items.
  4. If you’re good at a little home DIY, at this stage you can manually turn your blades to establish whether the item will become unjammed or fall away. If it doesn’t, you can attempt to unclog the garbage disposal yourself. However, we highly recommend that you avoid this, as it can lead to nasty injuries. Instead, get in touch with professional plumbers such as our team here at Dutton Plumbing.

A Professional Job

To avoid any extra damage, injury, or accidents, it’s important that you call on the help of an experienced and trusted plumber if you aren’t 100% sure what you’re doing. You’ll be glad to know that our many years in the business mean we can turn our hand to almost all plumbing jobs, from garbage disposal problems to drain maintenance and everything in between. Pick up the phone and get in touch today!