Top 5 ways to fix a clogged garbage disposal

When your garbage disposal starts to run slow or stops working altogether, it can be frustrating. But before you call a plumber, try these five tips to fix the clogged garbage disposal in your Bloomington, IL home. Many times, the issue is something simple you can take care of yourself. And if none of these tips work, then you know it’s time to call in the professionals.

  1. Use a plunger

The first step is always to try using a plunger. Place the plunger over the gutter and ensure there is sufficient water in the sink to cover the plunger cup. Now, push the plunger up and down some time before taking it off of the drain.

  1. Use boiling water

If a plunger doesn’t do the trick, try boiling water. Be very careful when pouring the boiling water down the drain as you don’t want to splash it on yourself. Boil a pot of water and then pour it slowly down the drain. Let it sit for a few minutes and then run cold water down the drain to see if the clog has loosened.

  1. Use a plumber’s snake

If you still can’t seem to fix the clog, you may need to use a plumber’s snake. This is a long, flexible piece of metal that you insert down the drain. It’s designed to reach deep into the pipes and grab onto anything that may be causing the blockage. If you do not know how to use it, you can hire a pro by searching plumber near me in Bloomington, IL.

  1. Use a natural cleaner

If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals, there are a few natural cleaners you can try. One is to mix baking soda and vinegar and pour it down the drain. The other is to mix one cup of salt with one cup of baking soda and pour that down the drain as well. Let either cleaner sit for about an hour before running hot water down the drain.

  1. Call a professional

If you have tried all of these tips and nothing seems to be working, it may be time to call a professional. A plumber will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and repair it so that your garbage disposal is back up and running in no time.

Need a Bloomington, IL plumber? Call us today!

If you’re having trouble with your garbage disposal, give Sunkel Plumbing a call. We’ll be able to quickly diagnose the problem and get your disposal working again in no time. We also perform repiping services. Contact us today at 309-829-5320 to schedule a service or to know the exact cost of repiping a house in Normal, IL.

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