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Garbage disposals play an important role in ensuring drain lines aren’t clogged. However, sometimes, the disposal gets clogged, so action must be taken. To inform everyone about what they can do to fix it, we gathered some information. Throughout this article, we will go through the steps of unclogging a garbage disposal, cleaning a disposal that doesn’t spin, using baking soda and vinegar to unclog the disposal naturally, and how New Era Plumbing & Septic can help. So, let’s get started.


Steps Of Unclogging A Garbage Disposal

The steps to unclogging a garbage disposal are very easy. You need to believe in yourself and also the right equipment. This equipment includes a flashlight, pliers, a sink plunger, a small bucket, and a hex wrench. Let’s go over the steps right now:

  • Turn off the power to the garbage disposal by unplugging it. Once you are sure it is off, try cleaning as much debris you see as possible.
  • Rotate the blades using a wrench or a wooden handle if you don’t have it. Insert it in and twist it back and forth to loosen any jamming.
  • Press the reset button for your garbage disposal.
  • Use a natural clog remover like baking soda and vinegar.
  • Although there are many complicated steps that a homeowner can take, there is a big risk during the process. If you would like to save your time and energy, call a plumber to get your garbage disposal repair today.

Cleaning A Garbage Disposal That Doesn’t Spin

Sometimes, the problem isn’t due to the clogs in your garbage disposal; rather, the garbage disposal system doesn’t work properly. One way to test this is to see that the blades aren’t spinning, but the system is turned on. To fix this, there are a couple of steps you can take:

  • Press the reset button to reset the unit. This should restore the power to the garbage disposal. Turn it on again to see if the blades are working.
  • Disconnect the power from your garbage disposal. Use a wrench and insert it into the slot at the bottom of your disposal. Turn it clockwise and counterclockwise to dislodge the jam.
  • If you don’t have a wrench or the reset button doesn’t work, use a wooden handle to move the blades back and forth until they are unstuck. Make sure the disposal's power supply is disconnected during the procedure. If you have tried the above methods and the system still doesn’t work, you might need a new one. Call us today to get your garbage disposal replacement.

Using Baking Soda & Vinegar To Unclog Your Garbage Disposal

Other than physically cleaning the disposal, there are other cleaning methods, such as flushing down boiling water and using vinegar and baking soda. There are many chemical cleaners in the market. However, homeowners aren’t aware that these chemical cleaners do more damage to their drains. To prevent this, household items like baking soda and vinegar are very effective. Pour a cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal and pour a cup of vinegar immediately. Wait at least five minutes for the chemical reaction to occur. After the time has passed, rinse it with hot water.

New Era Plumbing & Septic

Are you looking for a trustworthy plumbing repair service? At New Era Plumbing & Septic, we are dedicated to providing quality services to our customers. With our experienced plumbers, affordable price plans, and exceptional customer service, plumbing services are no longer expensive and time-consuming. Call us today to learn more.


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