How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal 

A clogged garbage disposal is a very common plumbing problem people face. Food waste can cause buildup over time, resulting in a blockage that can cause great stress. What foods or items cause a clog to form? Coffee grounds, eggshells, onions skins, thick fruit and vegetable peelings, large seeds or pits, pasta, rice, bones, oil, fat, and grease should never be put down your garbage disposal. We’re human and mistakes happen. In the event that a clog occurs, it is important to know how to rectify the situation. Learn different ways to unclog your garbage disposal on your own with help from the team at Stephens. 

Baking Soda and Vinegar

One way to remove a clog is by pouring baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. Start by pouring ¼ cup of baking soda down, following it with ½ cup of white vinegar. Allow for the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes. When the time is up, flush the mixture with hot water and let it run for a few minutes to let the debris continue to loosen and clear the clog. 


If you are having trouble with the baking soda and vinegar, your next step may be to try using a plunger to remove the clog. In order for the plunger to be successful, you must first fill the sink with water. Doing this allows for there to be a tight seal when plunging. Next, position the plunger over the drain and begin plunging up and down. When water begins to flow, that is a sign that the clog has dissolved. We recommend running hot water after plunging to make sure the debris is flushed away. 

Remove the P-trap 

Finally, another way to unclog your garbage disposal is by removing and cleaning the p-trap. The p-trap is a pipe that catches food waste as well as holds water. Before removing the p-trap, it is important to place a bucket underneath the drain trap. The bucket will catch any waste or water, preventing it from causing a big mess. Once it is removed, you can take a small brush and get rid of any lingering debris. 

Struggling to Unclog a Garbage Disposal? Contact Stephens!

When handling your garbage disposal, it is critical to turn it off in order to prevent a serious injury. If you are unable to clear the debris, get help from the professionals at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians are highly skilled and trained when it comes to issues regarding kitchen plumbing. We can also teach you helpful maintenance tips, including to ensure cold water is turned on when the garbage disposal is in use, the importance of cleaning it often to prevent foul odors, and more. In addition to helping with clogs, we also can assist with garbage disposal replacement in the event that it is not functioning properly. Trying to attempt replacement can prove to be very dangerous and overwhelming when done on your own. Don’t let a clog be an inconvenience; contact Stephens today to schedule an appointment. In emergency circumstances, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can count on us to offer affordable prices and expert work when you need it most.