How To Unclog Kitchen Sink With Garbage Disposal?

How To Unclog Kitchen Sink With Garbage Disposal

Although garbage disposals are quite handy, they always pose the risk of clogging your sink. While they allow most small food pieces to go down easily, accidentally shoving down large food scrap portions tends to clog them. So, in this post, I will show you how to unclog kitchen sink with garbage disposal and provide you some easy to do tips.

In such a scenario, your first course of action may be to grab any chemical drain cleaner and pour it down the drain to solve the problem. However, this is quite harmful for your garbage disposal as the chemicals tend to deal irrepairable damage to its plastic components and metal blades. 

Luckily, you can safely unclog your kitchen sink with garbage disposal by following the simple steps given below. 

How to identify a clog in the garbage disposal? 

Firstly, you need to figure out what is causing the water to collect in the sink. Flip the switch of the disposal and listen for a whizzing sound. If you can hear it, then there is something stuck in the disposal. If there is no sound, then the reason for the clog is something else. 

How To Unclog Kitchen Sink With Garbage Disposal?

Before getting into the process of unclogging the garbage disposal, it is important to understand how it works. You may think that your disposal works by making using of a spinning blade. However, this isn’t the case for most disposers as they make use of spinning impellers and canisters attached to rotors. The canister has sharp teeth against which the impellers rotate to shred food. 

There is a slight gap between the canister and the rotor through which the small food particles pass. This gap is actually quite small so debris like small bones easily gets stuck in it. When the whole gap is occupied by debris, water can’t pass down the drain and the sink becomes clogged with standing water. 

Its actually quite simple to clear the disposal when this happens. Reversing the rotor, flushing the disposal with water and then, turning on the disposal should do the trick and wash away the debris. 

How to Reverse The Rotor?

Most disposals are Insinkerator models with a hex slot for a wrench in the middle of the rotor on the underside of the disposal. The disposal also usually comes with a wrench that is the perfect size for this slot. Make use of it to spin the rotor back and forth a couple of times. Sometimes due to very large debris, the rotor doesn’t spin at all!

In such a case, you’ll need to use more force until it spins freely. Then, press the red coloured reset button and start using your disposal again. 

In other models, the hex slot is usually replaced by a nut. Use a wrench and follow the same steps as above to unclog your sink and enjoy! (The reset button is present on the canister’s side in case of other models while it is present on the bottom in Insinkerator) 

However, sometimes, the issue is with the power source to the disposal. The plug may become loose or disconnected. This will result in the disposal not working and the drain not draining effectively. Reconnect the disposal to the socket properly and check whether the problem is solved. 

How To Unclog Kitchen Sink With Garbage Disposal

Things you shouldn’t do:

• Leave the disposal plugged in. This can pose some serious safety hazards so make sure to always unplug your unit before working on it. 

• Reaching into the disposal to remove obstruction. This is highly dangerous and shouldn’t be done under any circumstances. 

Preventing Clogs:

We often send down rice, potatoes and starchy and greasy food into the disposal. This results in the collection of debris until the unit becomes completely clogged. You can prevent this by following these steps:

• Put lots of ice into the garbage disposal 

• Pour down approximately half a cup of Kosher salt.

• Let the mixture sit for ten minutes. 

• This will result in hardening of the greases and starches in the gap between the canister and the rotor through which the shredded food passes. 

• Turning on the water will cause all the gunk to go down the drain and result in a scrap free garbage disposal.

We hope our guide was easy to follow and has solved your problem. You can now use your kitchen sink once again.

Noah Burns

I am Noah Burns- The Guy behind I love to experiment and test new products to create informative contents for readers like you. I aim to make this site a leading source of information and reviews to help consumers make more informed buying decisions.

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