How do I unclog my garbage disposal?

If your garbage disposal has become clogged up and is no longer operating properly, there are a few steps you can take prior to calling a plumber or repair man.

  1. Ensure the power to your garbage disposal is shut off. Check for signs of an obvious obstruction by looking down your sink drain. If you spot anything, attempt to remove it. If there is standing water, you can use a plunger or plumber’s snake to try to break up the source of the clog.
  2. If your garbage disposal is not operating at all, hit the reset button located on the bottom of the unit. Sometimes this is all that’s needed to get your disposal running again.

If neither of these fixes work, you may need to enlist the help of a professional. Find a plumber or handyman near you.

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