A garbage disposal system is an indispensable appliance in every home. It is just unfortunate that this kitchen equipment is often neglected and yet abused by being used to grind food items and objects that shouldn’t even be thrown in it. Admit that you have experienced having your disposer clogged and still don’t have any idea what caused such an inconvenience. Aside from the items that you ground in the system, the way that they were ground is also a factor. When there’s not enough water in the machine, it is possible for a blockage to occur. So to help you handle emergencies like these, read on and learn all about garbage disposal clogging and how it can be fixed.
Causes Of Clogs
Garbage disposal clogs commonly result from inadequate or lack of water when the system is used or grinding items that should not be ground in the machine. Without water, the waste materials won’t get flushed down to the sewage and instead accumulate in the pipes, causing the blockage. At the same time, food items that are so hard or so sticky will get stuck in the machine, forcing it to stop working.
Items That You Shouldn’t Grind In Your Disposer
To ensure that you won’t have problems with your garbage disposal, don’t grind these items:
- Egg Shells
- Coffee Grounds
- Banana Peels
- Stringy Vegetable Peels (asparagus, potato, celery lettuce)
- Animal Bones
- Fruit Pits or Seeds
How To Get Rid Of Clogs
1. Make sure that the garbage disposal system is turned off before tinkering with it.
2. Using a flashlight, check the inside of the disposer. Try to find the blockage and if you see where it is, use a pair of pliers to hook the items out.
3. Wait for about 20 minutes to let the motor cool down. Once the time is over, turn the system on and push the reset button to reboot the machine.
4. Run a few items in the grinder to check if it’s already working. If it’s still clogged, turn the power off.
5. Get a long stick or rod and insert it into the drain’s opening. Push it against the impeller and rock the blades to see if you can get rid of the blockage.
6. When the blades are already moving freely, wait for another 20 minutes just to let the motor cool down. Once again, turn the power on and reset the machine. Check if the disposer is finally working.
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