You want to wash the dishes and clean your kitchen sink, but the water doesn’t seem to go away. Does this sound familiar? It probably does. It’s called “a garbage disposal clog” and yup, it’s not fun at all.
But, this happens all the time due to a few factors: standing water, grinding coffee grounds, and fruit peels. This means that you weren’t kind to your garbage disposal.
Even though this is a powerful unit that doesn’t mean you should take it for granted. Sure, it will grind most food waste, but those it can’t; will be trapped in the pipe. Obviously, that leads to a garbage disposal clog.
Luckily, unclogging this unit usually isn’t so complicated. In this article we’ll tell you how to do that hence keep reading.
3 Ways to unclog a kitchen sink with Garbage Disposal
Below are 3 ways that show you how to unclog a kitchen sink with standing water, trapped food waste, or a foreign object.
1. Pour ¼ cup baking soda in the drain. Add ½ cup white vinegar. The mixture will immediately start to bubble, but don’t panic; it’s normal. Let it fizz for a couple of minutes.
Pour ¼ cup baking soda in the drain. Add ½ cup white vinegar. The mixture will immediately start to bubble, but don’t panic; it’s normal. Let it fizz for a couple of minutes.
2. First, unplug the GD from the outlet. Then examine your clogged sink drain and see if there are any objects that could obstruct the GD. Using the tongs, remove those objects.
Now that you removed the object, you can plug the GD again. Turn it on to see how it works. It should run clear, but if it doesn’t, move to the next step.
Important: Never, ever put your hand inside the garbage disposal, even when it’s not plugged in.
3. The first thing you need to do is secure the end of the dishwasher drain pipe that enters the GD. To do that, you’ll need to place a bar clamp over the nozzle of the garbage disposal. That way, the drain hose won’t fall off the disposal nose when you plunge the sink drain.
Next, use a plunger. Make sure to place it directly in the drain basket. Turn on the faucet. The plunger should be plunged in ½ inches of water.
Now, it’s time for action. Give your best to push the drain continuously up and down for 30 seconds. Turn on the faucet to check whether the drain is clear. You can do this a few times until the drain is unclogged. Well, congratulations, you made it. Now that your kitchen sink is unclogged, it might be a good idea to learn what to do to keep it that way.
So, here’s what you should NOT do if you want to have this appliance by your side:
- Pour grease and coffee down the drain
- Grind banana and tomato peels
- Overfill your garbage disposal
Well, we came to the end of this article. We hope that these steps helped you unclog a kitchen sink with a garbage disposal. And we also hope that from now on, you will be kinder to your garbage disposal so that it won’t clog. Remember, you have to take care of this handy unit so it can perform at its best for years to come.