How to deal with a plugged garbage disposal

Few things are as universally hated as a clogged disposal. Sometimes the culprit is easy to identify. A potato. A child’s toy. Or maybe it was the previous night’s penne. 

If the clog is large enough, you may be able to remove it by hand. But if that’s not the case, we have a recipe that may do the trick:

Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the drain. Follow it with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Allow the contents to fizz for a few minutes. Run the faucet with very hot water over the drain for two to three minutes. Repeat if necessary. 

If the drain is still clogged, all is not lost. Follow these next steps:

Go beneath the sink and locate the dishwasher drainpipe that connects to the garbage disposal, if you have one. Clamp the end of the dishwasher drain line where it enters the disposal by placing a bar clamp over the disposal nozzle. The clamp will prevent the dishwasher drain hose from popping off the disposal nozzle as you plunge the sink drain.

Place the sink plunger directly over the sink drain so that the plunger bell completely covers the drain basket. Run the faucet so that the lip of the plunger is covered with approximately 1/2 inch of water. Vigorously plunge the drain up and down for about 20 seconds.

Lift the plunger and run the faucet to determine if the drain is clear. Repeat this action three or four times until it is clear. Run the faucet with hot water to clear any residue.

If you have any other questions about tips or other plumbing maintenance emergency, call your Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.