Preventing Waste Disposal Clogs

Feb 17, 2018

Depending on your perspective, a clogged waste disposal unit in your kitchen sink can be an inconvenience or a disaster. If you’re having a dinner party and preparing food when the disposer clogs, it’s definitely stressful. If your disposer becomes clogged you can often remedy the situation yourself. Here are some common reasons why your waste disposal unit may not be operating properly.

Causes of a Waste Disposal Clog

Most homeowners take their disposal for granted. It will have no problem grinding most food waste, but what happens after the grinding can cause a clog. The reason lies in how that waste reacts to water or lack of it when the waste travels on its way toward the drain line. Clogs are often found in the trap pipe located on the waste discharge side of the disposal.

The most common causes of clogs are:

  • Lack of flushing water, which prevents waste from moving through pipes
  • Grinding eggshells or coffee grounds, which create granular waste that sticks to sludge in the pipe
  • Grinding potato peels forms a starchy paste that results in quick clogs
  • Grinding banana peels is similar to potato peels with the addition of stringy fibers into the mix

Prevention is simple. Whenever you do grind food waste, make sure you run plenty of water before, during and after the waste goes down the drain. Occasionally maintain your disposal by regularly grinding up pieces of lemon peel and ice cubes

Other Common Problems

Disposals are also subject to other common problems. They can jam up when objects bind the impeller blades inside the appliance. This situation can happen when you try to process too much waste at once. Less commonly, the drain connecting the disposer to the rest of the sink’s drain trap assembly can become clogged and cause water to back up into the sink basin where the disposer is installed. When only the disposer basin in a double-basin sink backs up, it’s likely that the drain fitting on the disposer has clogged.

If Your Disposal Won’t Work

Try these steps before calling Intagas for service:

  1. Turn off the electrical power switch that supplies the disposer. Don’t do anything until it is turned off.
  2. Get a flashlight and look in the disposal to see if something has become jammed.
  3. If something is jammed get pliers and reach in carefully to remove it
  4. Before turning the power on and hitting the reset button, wait for the motor to cool.

In the event that you can’t find the problem, your Intagas plumber will provide you with fast service no matter where you live in the Brisbane area.

Contact Mick on 0435 579 094 or send a quick email.

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