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Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain? You May Have A Clogged Garbage Disposal

If your kitchen sink won’t drain (or worse yet, smells like rotten eggs—ew!), the issue may actually be your garbage disposal. Find out what’s wrong and what the best course of action is to get your kitchen sink fresh and clean again.

What Causes A Clogged Garbage Disposal?

Your garbage disposal is a mean, food and waste-eating machine! Until...it’s not. If you put something in your garbage disposal that’s not meant to be in there, such as large chunks of food waste (i.e. coffee grounds, eggshells, nuts, animal bones or shells, etc.), grease, or oil, you can actually clog up your disposal. And then it can’t eat away your waste anymore! A clogged garbage disposal can result in drainage issues and unpleasant odors. Let’s get rid of ‘em!

How To Check For A Clogged Garbage Disposal

  • Make sure the sink drain isn't plugged, then turn the tap on for a few seconds. Is the water draining? If not, then either the sink or the garbage disposal is clogged.

    If you have a double-bowl sink, try running water into both sides. If water won't drain from either side, then the drain is clogged. If the water is only stuck on the side with the garbage disposal, then the disposal is the source of the clog.

  • Make sure the garbage disposal is off, then pull the guard away from the sink drain. Use a flashlight to look down into the garbage disposal. Do you see any food scraps, utencils, or other objects?

    CAUTION: Never put your hand inside the garbage disposal, even if the unit is off. If you see a clog, do not attempt to remove it with your hands.

What To Do If You Have A Clogged Garbage Disposal?

If your garbage disposal is clogged, you’ll need to unclog it to remedy the problem and get rid of that full, smelly sink. Depending on the severity of the issue, this may simply require you to remove the clog, or could require a garbage disposal replacement.

Reach out to one of our Remote Assist experts for a free virtual diagnosis and to find out what to do next!

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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