It is particularly common if there is wasted ground food and inadequate water flushing. Here's some information you likely didn't know: Food waste cannot be processed effectively by garbage disposals. Sometimes the answer to a problem comes after all the hard work has been done.
The simplest reason for slow draining garbage disposal is often insufficient water in the food waste. In this article, we will explain some tips and tricks to unclog your drain and keep it working as well.
What Causes The Clogging Of Your Garbage Disposal?
Food waste can coat the pipes of garbage disposals, clog trash traps, and cause them to drain slowly.The U-shaped drain trap is also likely to be the cause of a disposal that drains objects more slowly than usual.
However, more on it later. Consider a few other reasons for final clogs and slow drainage.
Keep in mind that banana peels have fibers that are known to upset when they are thrown.
Peels from potatoes- On this list are also things that could cause clogs, like potato peels, which, when taken off, usually turn into a starchy paste. This nasty stuff sticks around and doesn't go away, which makes it much more likely that drains will get clogged.
Used Coffee Grounds On Eggshells
This kind of trash may do more damage than you think. Even smaller pieces of trash are made when coffee grounds and eggshells are ground. These particles are more likely to stick to and stay in the cracks and edges of the pipe, which quickly clogs the system.
Flushing With Water
Not supplying enough water to the disposal while it is grinding will almost surely cause a clog. Without sufficient water, sewage will quickly collect since it cannot be cleansed via the pipes. If there is a total blockage, no water can flow through.
What You'll Need
- Pliers with a channel-shaped design
- Clean brush or wire for cleaning
- Drainage snake
- Tabloids or rags
Unclogging The Drainage Is Easy With This Guide
Remove The P-Trap
Put a bucket under the drain trap of the garbage disposal. With channel-style pliers, break the slip-nut fittings on the drain trap, and then take the trap off. Most of the time, water doesn't flow when the pipes are disconnected.
There will be a lot of water and maybe some food waste in the trap. Carefully put it in the bucket. There should be towels or paper towels nearby when there is a spill.
The Trap Needs Cleaning
Check the trap fitting to see if there are any blockages or jams. Most clogs happen at the sharp bend in the trap. A small scrub brush is the best way to get rid of anything. You could also use a straightened wire or something else with a hook.
Investigate The Trap Arm
If the clog isn't in the trap itself, It can be in the trap arm, the horizontal drain component that joins the trap to the wall-facing branch drain pipe..
Loosen the slip nut where the trap arm meets the vertical branch drain to remove the trap arm. Clean the inside of the trap arm with a wire or brush.
If the P-trap and trap arm were mostly clean when you took them out, the blockage is probably in the branch drain that leads to the house's main drain.
The best cleaning tool for this line is a drain snake or an auger. Most of the time, you only need a simple 25-foot drum drill. Hardware shops and home centers both sell them.
Turn the drum as you feed the auger cable into the branch drain below the sink.. This will help the cable get through the bends in the pipe and clear out the blockage. Run the wire out and backward down the drain every so often to ensure the blockage is gone.
It's Time To Put The Drain Back Together
You must tighten the sliding nuts to put the trap arm and P-trap back together. Check how the pieces are put together and ensure the trap arm is slightly angled toward the branch drain.
Use your hands to tighten the bolts to their maximum torque when everything is in place. Use channel-style pliers to tighten them if you need to. Be cautious not to over tighten them as this might harm the nuts or threads.
Empty The Sink
For a few minutes, run water down the trash disposal to flush out any debris that could be lodged in the drain. By placing a stopper over the garbage disposal entrance, you may do a thorough flush once you are certain that the drain is functioning correctly.
Pouring hot water into the sink basin, and then taking the stopper off immediately. This helps clear the pipes of any blockages still there and flushes them out.
Suggestions For Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal
Waste disposals are ideal for discarding discarded peels, spoiled food, and unwanted scraps. But we often don't think about our garbage disposals until they get clogged or stop working.
Run The Garbage Disposal Regularly
Use your waste disposal often. Even if you have nothing to grind, run the water and disposal every few days to keep the components moving. Otherwise, the garbage disposal may freeze, rust, or corrode.
Additionally, any leftover food particles might freeze, generating odors and blockages.
Using your garbage disposal often is like working out to keep your body in good shape.
Use Cold Water
Run cold water through your garbage disposal, not boiling. Most cleaning jobs are much better when you use hot water, but disposal is not one of them.
Hot water causes the food that your garbage disposal is trying to grind to melt, causing the waste to adhere to the sides.
In contrast, food exposed to cold water grows denser, making it easier for the garbage disposal to shred and discharge it via the drain pipe.
Run The Disposal For A Longer Duration
Keep the water and garbage disposal running for one minute after the waste has been ground up. This ensures that all food has been removed from the drain pipe to prevent clogs.
After the trash has been pulverized, you may pour cold water and dish soap down the drain. This will help clean the trash and ensure nothing sticks to the edges or stays behind.
Reduce Waste To Little Pieces
Expect no miracles if you feed your garbage disposal large chunks of meat or fruit since It has a certain number of blades and motor power, and can only process a particular volume of food at once.
Be careful, shred trash into little pieces, and add just a handful at a time. Otherwise, you risk overworking the disposal, causing it to jam, clog, or even break.
Crush Citrus Fruit
Frequent use of soap and cold water, along with the occasional use of orange, lemon, or lime peels, will keep your garbage disposal clean.
The peel will help eliminate odors and remove excess material from the trash disposal.
In this article, I have covered simple tricks to unclog the garbage drain. It will also solve the problem of slow drainage water. The tips discussed above will help you prevent your sink from clogging again and again.