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How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

August 2nd, 2021 | Tips & Tricks, Plumbing

How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is one of the most underappreciated systems in your home. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of basic food waste, this system ensures that none of it lingers in your sink.

There’s always a point, though, when your garbage disposal starts to make sounds that are just a little more off-putting than its normal clamor. If your garbage disposal is kicking up a fuss, or if your sink isn’t draining like it used to, then you may have a clog on your hands.

DIY Repair Versus Help from Plumbers Near Me

Many homeowners have a budget set aside for potential garbage disposal damage. If you’re concerned about the cost of working with our professionals, you may first try and clear out a garbage disposal clog on your own.

It takes a lot of practice to protect your garbage disposal during repairs, though. If you don’t have any experience working with your system, then you may not know how to clear a clog out of the system without doing additional damage.

Our team understands that financial concerns can keep you from reaching out. That’s why we sit down with you before getting started and discuss your repair budget with you. We will inspect your garbage disposal, let you know what kind of damage you’re contending with, and give you a few different options for repairs.

At the end of the day, our Yorba Linda, CA professionals can clear out your disposal and ensure that it’s working as effectively as possible. Even if you’re concerned about the cost of repairs, get in touch for a free estimate.

Clearing Out Your Garbage Disposal

Once you have our professionals on-site, you can get a better idea of the steps we take to clear clogs out of your garbage disposal. Our process usually includes the following steps:

Step 1: Turn Off the Power

First and foremost, we turn off the power leading to your garbage disposal. No one wants to get hurt while inspecting a clog. 

With that in mind, do not try and fish anything out of your garbage disposal without first disconnecting the system’s power, especially if there aren’t any professionals present.

Step 2: Inspect the Disposal for Damage

With the power to your disposal off, our team visually inspects your disposal for signs of damage. If the clog is located close to your sink drain, we can use a flashlight to make out its details. If the clog is further down in your drain, or if your system’s macerators have been damaged, we may need to go deeper into your pipes.

Step 3: Use Natural Pipe Cleansers

If you are contending with a significant backup, our team will apply natural cleaning solutions to your pipes. Harsh cleansers tend to do more damage than good when applied to your kitchen sink. Instead, we’ll use a combination of dish soap and hot water or vinegar and baking soda.

Our team also has access to the tools to hydro jet your sink. When hydro jetting a clog, we use high-pressure water to force your clog down towards your septic system.

Step 4: Reach for the Plunger

If a stubborn clog needs help moving along, we have access to drain plungers that we can use to encourage the bolus down the line.

Step 5: Check the Disposal’s Blades

Our team also inspects the state of your disposal’s macerators. If the clog in question is caught up in your system’s blades, then our team manually rotates the system until we can pluck the debris away.

Step 6: Clear Out the P-Trap

Finally, our team looks at your system’s P-trap. These U-shaped pipes are the perfect place for debris to build up inside of your home. We can use a combination of drain snakes, gentle cleansers, and hydro jetting to ensure that any food waste in this area moves along towards your septic system.

Get in Touch with Plumbers Near You

Maintaining your garbage disposal requires a lot of know-how. If you’ve never experimented with your disposal before, it’s not a good idea to try and disassemble it when it gets clogged.

Instead, let our Moffett Plumbing professionals in Yorba Linda, CA give you a hand. We have years of experience clearing out garbage disposal drains. With a little bit of work, we’ll have your disposal up and running, whether you’re dealing with a minor clog or more significant system damage.

Moffett Plumbing & Air is a full-service, family owned & operated plumbing & HVAC company based out of Orange, CA. Follow our blog for valuable homeowner tips, and updates from your favorite team of plumbing professionals.