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Is your Garbage Disposal Clogged? Prior to calling a plumber check these 3 things first.

Garbage Disposal Clogged?  Check these points first before calling out a plumber as it may save you loads. If you are not aware of how to use a waste disposal you can block it very easily, but it can be unblocked if you know what to do.

If you call a plumber you will probably be billed for a call out charge on top of whatever works needs to be done, and nine times out of ten the problem is easily rectified with just a little effort and a little know how.

1) Understand how your garbage disposal unit works.

You cannot just drop anything into your waste disposal unit. Doing this will either block it or damage it forever. Only soft food waste should be put into it. No metals, plastics or bones.

2) If the machine is Stuck
For a garbage disposal clogged inside, special tools are available that are shaped to fit the machine. You push this down inside the machine and it fits over the blades. Give it a gentle turn and the blades will release. Alternatively your waste disposal unit may have a spot underneath where you can insert an Allen key to release the blade.

3) Pipes are blocked
Is your garbage disposal clogged, but it is turning ok? The next place to check is if the pipes are blocked. If your pipes were installed correctly you will see a U bend which will be have connections at either side of it. Most blockages are in this U bend so by disconnecting one of the ends you will be able to remove what is in there.

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