A clogged garbage disposal can be extremely annoying and time consuming to repair. However, you may be able to save yourself plenty of time and headaches by following some basic garbage disposal repair guidelines.
Your obvious indicator that you have this issue is that water not going down the drain or that garbage simply bubbles around in the sink instead of being dissolved in the disposal mechanism. The most common issue is that there is some sort of piece of food is obstructing the disposal and backing up an other particles you may have put down the disposal before you realized there was an obstruction.
So what is the first step?
The first thing that you have to remember when you are trying to fix a garbage disposal is that you are dealing with two potent enemies- water and electricity and it does not take a genius to figure out that they don’t go well together. Also remember you are dealing with a sharp grinding mechanism that will easily remove fingers and hands, so of you would like to keep those I would highly recommend keeping them out of the disposal opening entirely.
So before you perform your troubleshooting or actually the first part would be to unplug the switch to be completely safe you might also want to turn off the circuit breaker. Eliminating electricity from the picture makes the exercise significantly more safe.
As you know garbage disposal comes with blades that takes care of the crushing and grinding. If water cannot pass through the obstruction must be at the bottom. Most garbage disposal units come with a special wrench (typically an allen wrench). If yours do not come with one then you can head out to the nearest home repair shop and purchase one for a few dollars.
You would need to insert the wrench underneath the unit where the clog is located. Once submerged you would need to turn the wrench clockwise until you feel resistance. The resistance is the indicator that the wrench came into contact of what is causing the clog. After which you have to shift to counter clockwise turning- repeat the process until the resistance is gone.
Once you are sure that the obstruction disappeared you can now switch the power on as well as the reset button. Pour in a considerable amount of water to test if your unclogging exercise was effective.
Now I the same scenario happens only this time when you use your wrench you were not able to find a sign of clogged material (no resistance when you turn it clockwise/counter-clockwise) then it must be the case that it is not the garbage disposal that was clogged but the pipeline.
You can do some basic troubleshooting stuff to remedy this. There are unclogging gels and liquids that are available in the market which can take care of materials that can easily be dissolved. You can also use a plunger. A plunger helps you unclog the pipe by exerting a considerable amount of air into the system that seeks to flush out the stubborn material that is present. I would suggest using a different one then the toilet plunger due to bacteria!
Of course when these first aid remedies don’t work it is best that you employ the assistance of a professional plumber as there might be problems that cannot be resolved with basic tools and practices. It would also greatly help if you can be proactive about this and just make sure that you prevent these things from happening by being careful about what you put on to your sink. Food particles no matter how small when accumulated can become a headache. Always run plenty of water while using your disposal and remember that ultimately whatever you are putting down there is going to eventually go through your home plumbing system. Be reasonable with what you “dispose of” and try these simple tips before you hire a repair man.