Some of the reasons why a garbage disposal gets clogged include food or debris thrown into it which stops and prevents the fly wheel from moving and doing its job. The fly wheel is the mechanism that spins and grinds the food inside the garbage disposal. Here are some tips on how to unclog garbage disposal.
1) Before anything else you have to make sure you have all the materials and equipment needed to do the job. You need a hex-head wrench, a flashlight and a broom handle or a wooden spoon.
2) You need to turn off the power of the garbage disposal before you start working on it. This is for both ease and safety purposes.
3) Often the problem lies in the blades of the garbage disposal being being blocked or something. So using a flashlight, take a good look at the garbage disposal through the sink drain to see if there is an object or objects blocking the blades. If indeed there is such an object there, use a pair of pliers, a tong or any appropriate tool to get hold of the object and then remove it to unclog garbage disposal.
4) A hex-head wrench normally comes with a garbage disposal. However, in cases where you can't seem to find it, a hex-head wrench that fits into the hole at the bottom of the garbage disposal will suffice. Now, you need to insert the hex-head wrench into the hole and turn it in a back and forth manner. Keep doing this in order to manually get the flywheel moving and turning so it may free itself from any obstructions.
5) Now, grab a wooden broom handle or a wooden spoon or fork handle and insert it to the garbage disposal again through the drain sink. Use it to turn the flywheel manually until you think and feel it can move as freely as possible.
6) Get the broom or spoon handle off the garbage disposal then turn the power on to test it out if your efforts worked to solve the problem.
One way of determining whether a garbage disposal is clogged or not is to turn its power on and off. If it is clogged, you can easily hear a humming sound but the it's not working and the blades are not turning. If you can not hear a humming sound even if the power is turned on, then the problem is more than just clogging.
Always remember also that garbage disposals normally have a reset button. It can be found at the bottom of the disposal and it's usually a red button. Always try resetting your garbage disposals first before doing any other repairs or unclogging procedures.
And never place your bare hands inside any garbage disposal. The blades in there are sharp and even if the power is turned off and the blades are immobile, they still can easily cut through your hands.
Always keep these tips on how to unclog garbage disposal to keep yourself safe and to get the job done as efficiently and quickly as possible.