How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

ImageA garbage disposal is an extremely handy device… until it gets clogged. All of a sudden you have a backup of water on both sides of your sink and, old food floating around in your sink and some really awful smells.

This may seem like a complicated problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few simple steps to unclog your garbage disposal.

The first thing you should try is baking soda and vinegar. Take about half a box of the baking soda and poor it on the side of the sink where the garbage disposal is located and then the other half on the other side. Then add the vinegar to both side, pouring most of it on the side opposite of where the garbage disposal (this is likely where the clogged pipe is.

Allow this concoction to sit for about 30 minutes and then pour hot water over the mixture. This should hopefully fix the clog.

If the vinegar and baking soda solution doesn’t work then you’ll need to start taking your pipes apart. You’ll need a couple of old rags and a bucket because once you open the pipes some gunk is going to start falling out.  The part where the pipe bends (the elbow) is where most clogs occur, so focus your efforts there. Once you think you’ve solved the problem put the pipes back together and run some hot water through the pipes

Another option is to pour bleach down both sides of the sink. Allow it to sit for a while before flushing it with hot water. To help deal with the smell slice up some citrus fruits and put them through the garbage disposal

You just potentially saved yourself hundreds of dollars by taking care of a clogged garbage disposal or clogged drain yourself.