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My garbage disposal seems clogged. THe sink fills up with ...

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My garbage disposal seems clogged. THe sink fills up with water and bits of chopped up veggies and then drains slowly everytime i turn it on. i just need to know how to clean it out.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Edward replied 8 years ago.

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Thank you for asking your question on Just Answer. Using a plumber's plunger is often the easiest way to clear the clog. You will need to block the drain on one side of the sinks if you have a double sink for the plunger to work correctly. Use a stopper or something to keep water from going down or coming up in the side opposite the garbage disposal. Fill the other side partially full of water and then use a plunger to work the clog loose. You may have to do this several times to break the clog loose. Keep the water running to let the sand clear your sewer lines. If this does not work the Drain King or other like products will for sure. Be careful using this tool the water pressure can actually separate pipes. The Drain King or other like products should be available at your local hardware store. Follow the directions on the packaging. It is advisable to never put anything that is not biodegradable food, anything combustible, metal or plastic, bones, grease. You may experience problems if you put egg shells, cigarette butts, large amounts of any vegetables, rice or pasta.

It is advisable only to put biodegradable food scraps in small amounts in the disposal.

To clean your disposal, running ice cubes in the disposal will help keep it clean. Click on the links below for more information.

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