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Simple Maintenance Advice for Homeowners

Five simple steps you can take to unjam a blocked garbage disposal. 

How in the world do you unclog a garbage disposal? If you’ve ever wondered about this, today I’ll walk you through the steps:

Step 1: Turn off the power. This is critical—you don’t want to interact with the disposal if there’s a chance it could turn on and cause injury. To guarantee that it won’t, find the cord to the unit and unplug it.

Step 2: Plunge the disposal. This will help get some of the liquid out of there.

Step 3: Identify the problem. Use a flashlight to look down the drain and find out what’s jamming your disposal.

Step 4: Remove the clog. Often, you can use a tool like needle-nose pliers to reach in and pull out whatever is obstructing your disposal.

Step 5: Plug your disposal back in and turn it on. There may be a red reset switch at the bottom of the unit you can push once you’ve plugged it in.

Hopefully this little tip was useful! If you have any questions or would like more tips to make homeownership easier, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. Hope to hear from you soon!