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Tips for fixing a clogged garbage disposal

These days, many new sinks come installed automatically with garbage disposals, which can make the life of any homeowner much easier. You no longer have to worry about how to toss out those old leftovers, as the disposal can take care of everything for you.

But, as with all kinds of drains, the garbage disposal can become clogged up, which means you will have to repair it as quickly as possible. The good news is that you might not need the assistance of a Washington, DC plumber, as these clogs are often very easy to fix on their own, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.

The first thing you absolutely need to do is shut off the electrical switch. That way you will prevent any injury that could occur by accidentally leaving the garbage disposal turned on. But, even when the disposal is turned off, never put your hand inside the drain. Once you do that and inspect to see what the blockage is, you can get to work.

Proceed as you would with any other kind of clogged drain. If you find that a snake is ineffective, you can even try something sturdier to get the clog loose, such as the end of a broom. The harder you push down on the item inside the drain, the more likely it will be to come out. Or you could always use warm water to break the substance down.

If you find that any of these tips aren't helping you out with the clogged garbage disposal, be sure to schedule an appointment with the professionals at John C. Flood as soon as possible!