Garbage disposals are a great addition to your sink and keep you from constantly having to empty out that disgusting strainer at the mouth of your sink. However, certain items are a bit too much for even the mightiest disposals and could cause clogging. Here are some things to look out for and how to get the clog out:
Removing the clog
If you have a clog that is likely your first priority so we’ll cover that first. The most likely spot for the clog to be is in the trap under your sink. It will be the section of the pipe right after the disposal that is U-shaped. Disconnect the trap and check to see what is in there. If the obstruction is in that spot, simply clean it out into the trash. If it’s not there, your clog may be further into the pipe and you may need a sink auger.
A big part of preventing clogs is the types of food you put down the disposal. Things such as potato and banana peels make a paste that is very hard for the disposal to break up. Coffee grounds and egg shells stick to the sides of your pipes and create a clog as well.
Always be sure that you are flushing the garbage disposal with water when you are grinding anything up. Also be sure to give the item sufficient time to grind. Grinding ice cubes and pieces of lemon peel are also a good way to help clean it up.