Clogged Garbage Disposal? Follow These 4 Tips

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Do you have an issue with your kitchen's garbage disposal not working right?  It may be struggling to spin the blade when turned on, or it may be making an odd sound. Not only is this a huge inconvenience for you but it can cause problems with clogged drains and odors.  Here are some tips for dealing with a clogged garbage disposal.

Turn Off the Power

Before you start working on your kitchen's garbage disposal, you'll want to make sure that the unit is completely turned off.  Don't just rely on a switch for it to be turned off since you can go as far as turning off the power at the fuse box or unplugging the garbage disposal from the power outlet.  With there being electricity, water, and spinning blades, this is one area where it's better to take the extra precaution and make sure that there is no way the unit can turn on.

Avoid Using Your Hands

When it comes to clearing out the clog in your kitchen's garbage disposal, you want to avoid using your hands to do it.  The power may be off, but there are still sharp blades in the garbage disposal that you can cut yourself on. Instead, use pliers and other tools to pull the debris out of the garbage disposal safely. 

Watch What Foods Go Down the Drain

The best way to prevent the garbage disposal becoming clogged again is to watch what foods you put into it.  It may be designed to chop up your food so it can go down the drain, but some foods are harder for it to take care of than others. 

Starchy foods can cause massive clogs in a garbage disposal because those tiny pieces of food tend to stick to the inside of the disposal and your plumbing pipes. They will eventually build up and get to the point where there is an odor or water cannot drain quickly. Rice can also expand once it gets wet, so it can easily get stuck in the drain. Other foods that you should avoid tossing into the disposal include egg shells, potato peels, coffee grounds, celery, and bones. 

Contact a Plumber

If you feel like you can't fix your clogged garbage disposal, or enough damage has been caused to the motor that you need a new one, reach out to a local plumbing contractor for assistance. They can handle the entire replacement to ensure it's done properly.

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