Unclogging a garbage disposal can be a nasty job. This is a guide about unclogging a garbage disposal.
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My garbage disposal is clogged after putting down a handful of frozen turkey. It spins, but will not drain. Where is the clog and how do I unstop it?
By Alice from Glen Allen, VA
I made a bonehead move and made a lazy/horrible decision to put sweet potato peels in my garbage disposal......CLOG! I found this forum and used the vinegar, baking soda, boiling water, and plunger solution on here and it worked!! No need to call a plumber and spend $200 or more dollars on it. Before you call a plumber, try this first. It worked for me and was easy. I recommend putting water in the non-clogged side and use a stopper in it while you plunge the clogged side. You can hear the "swoosh" sound of the drain flow once you've plunged enough.
Paint poured down my disposal. Will baking soda and vinegar clear it?
By Russ J. from Ft. Collins, CO
My waste disposal is jammed. The blades are going around because the water is spinning, but it won't drain. Any ideas?
By Rebecca from TX
Great advice with the vinegar and baking soda! Cleared potato skin clog that my wife gave up on before I got home. Even Liquid Plummer wouldn't touch it! I went online read this post and, Boom! It's outta' here! :) Many thanks to the author. You've made me the hero, yet again.
My disposal still runs, but water won't go down drain.
If you have a dishwasher attached to the main line by the garbage disposal - run it. It unclogged my garbage disposal from too many potato peels, when all the other suggestions wouldn't.
My disposal spins and the water goes down, but it comes right back up like a tornado. I tried a plunger. What is wrong with it and is there a simple solution? Thanks.
It sounds like you have a plug. Most disposals are in a double sink, and you have to seal one off and then use the plunger on the other one. I find that two plungers (and two people - one on each plunger) work the best. Seal off the second sink with the first plunger, fill the disposal with water, and plunge away with the second. Disposals are usually plugged with ground up food, like potato peels.
Like a dummy, I put tangerine skins with seeds into my garbage disposal. I turned it on and the light over my sink died as well as the disposal power. I turned the power off and let the water drain from both sinks. Then I used rubber gloves and cleaned all the mess. I used a flashlight and it looked quite clean.
I turned the power back on, pushed restart button, but the blades did not turn, only humming. Will baking soda, white vinegar and hot water help? I am a woman and do not know what else to do except call a plumber. By the way, I can turn one of the blades manually with my finger, it seems quite loose. Many thanks for any suggestions.
By A B
Just had the same problem and after paying an electrician. I'm replacing the disposal, so sorry for you and me.
My brand new KitchenAid dishwasher doesn't drain completely. There are about 3-5 cups of soapy, dirty looking water standing in the bottom of the dishwasher after every load. This is the 3rd dishwasher we have had in this same spot in the kitchen and we have never had this problem before. We cleaned our disposal and used vinegar and baking soda to get the disposal and drain to run freely, but the problem remains. Any suggestions?
By Mary G
Oh, my word! Never having an issue with our industrial garbage disposal, I put 2 artichokes that were unraveled and fully cooked down there and turned it on. Not thinking anything of it, it clogged I thought I had broken it. But when I realized the disposal worked and it was just clogged, I had no idea what to do. I was going to call a professional in 2 days then thought, "Hey, I am going to look online and see if I can do it."
So, I clicked on this website and read the posts on the vinegar and baking soda and boiling hot water. I figured what do I have to loose but an already clogged disposal. After I plunged it to clear the water out, guess what? It's unclogged! Thank you so much, now I don't have to call a professional. So stoked :) Thank you guys for posting that!
When using my kitchen sink it fills up with water and I have to run my garbage disposal to get the water to drain. Even then it doesn't drain all the way out. Can anyone tell me what's going on and how do I fix this problem?
By mytroubleswontgodownthedrain from Washington, DC
Stupidly garbage disposed the remnants of two whole (cooked) artichoke peels, resulting in a very, very clogged disposal. Tried the 2 cups vinegar (only had apple cider vinegar), 1/2 cup baking soda trick, and turned switch on, only to find it didn't work. Attempt #2: 2 cups vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, switch on, and while doing so poured in kettle full of boiling water. And guess what? It worked. Now I have a fixed garbage disposal. Awesome.
My wife put carrots and potato peels in the disposal and it is just a plugged up mess. It spins, but will not not drain. Any suggestions before I call the plumber? The disposal sits in the middle of the sink; it's not a divided sink.
By Great Granny Vi10/18/2011
Try pouring in a 1/2 cup baking soda followed by a cup or two of white vinegar. Run the disposal. If that doesn't loosen try a second cup of baking soda followed by pouring another 2-3 cups of vinegar from the gallon bottle, With the disposal and water running as well. Follow with a pan of boiling water.
Then run cold water from the tap.Hope this works for you. It does at our house. And then run a weekly 1/2 cup baking soda and cup of vinegar down all drains in the house. Always follow with cold water to flush through. GG Vi
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I think my garbage disposal is clogged. How can I unclog it?
Allison from Northeast, TN
By Ree 127
On the TV show "How Clean is Your House" > they used vinegar & baking soda > pour baking soda down the drain hole, followed by a cup of vinegar > repeat until the drain is clear.
Last, but not least, have you tried one of those pressured air plungers? They are about $10 and can be used multiple times. Good Luck (07/30/2006)
Also, I remember something about, "if the disposal won't turn on, there is a safety button on the back side beneath the sink to find and push."
Reminder: Don't use the disposal unless ABSOLUTELY necessary, and then ONLY for soft foods, not bones, heavy rinds or egg shells or grease.
Use ice cubes and baking soda to "sweeten the odors, about once a week. Since my disposal and dishwasher drain together, it seems to stay sweet without this, but some folks aren't this lucky to have them plumbed together. Whatever you do, use NO BLEACH because bleach RUSTS metal such as in the disposal blades. If you HAVE used bleach, you MIGHT try as a last resort, using a 1/2 bottle of Rust Remover or CLR, UNLESS there is a warning on the label against it. Penetrant which loosens rusty bolts, etc. would NOT be a good idea because it might also loosen what holds the blades in place). Good luck! (08/01/2006)
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By Leah from Las Vegas
Initially, my disposal worked, but only spun the water around (so it wasn't locked up) It was clogged up with crap. I have heard that draino & liquid plumber are not good for the disposal & pipes, so I held off. Yes, this is the ticket! (11/23/2008)
By Bill in Glendale, AZ
By Penny C
So I went to the internet and found this website. I tried the vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water. Pushed the reset button on the back of the disposal, and yes it worked. What a rip off roto rooter was trying to charge me almost two hundred dollars for what $3 fixed for a box of baking soda and a bottle of vinegar!
For anyone reading this site, yes, it works! (01/29/2009)
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