Your garbage disposal is probably one of the heaviest worked appliances in your home, yet it’s often the easiest to take for granted – until it becomes clogged. Clogs are most often caused by the type of food and the amount of water used while using the disposal unit. Typically the waste line becomes clogged by one of a number of things:
· Inadequate water used for flushing food through the garbage disposal
· Too many starchy foods, such as potato peels, pastas or banana peel
· Grinding coffee grounds
· Grinding eggshells
If your disposal is having trouble draining, or won’t drain at all, the problem most likely resides in the drain trap. The drain trap is the P or S shaped plumbing line following the disposal discharge.
To get rid of the clog, start by disconnecting the drain trap, and removing the trap from the discharge drain attached to the disposal. Remove and clean out any clogs or obstructions.
If a clog doesn’t exist within the trap, then the clog exists in the line connecting to the wall.
Start by using a plunger to see if you can dislodge the clog with water and force.
The next step is to use a sink auger. With the sink stopper removed, extend the auger cable into the drain. Turn the crank handle of the auger until you feel the clog. Continue with gentle pressure until you’ve worked through the clog. Continue to repeat until the clog is removed. Flush the pipes with hot water once the drain is clear.