Garbage Disposal Clog Solution

01 Dec Garbage Disposal Clog Solution

With the holiday season in full swing, your garbage disposal is probably getting a workout. With this extra usage, you’ll probably run into a clog or two. If this happens you’ve probably clogged up the drain line that runs from your garbage disposal to the main sink drain line. Here’s a step by step solution for clearing this clog.

  • Unplug the unit from the wall outlet. If your unit is hardwired, shut it off at the breaker and tape it off so no one turns it back on while you are working.
  • Drain as much of the water out of the sink as possible before attempting to disconnect anything below the sink.
  • Place a 5 gallon bucket beneath the garbage disposal drain line.
  • Slowly disconnect the drain line from the body of the garbage disposal. This line is probably clogged with debris that you’ll need to clear. When you make this disconnect the water from the sink will drain into your bucket.
  • Disconnect the opposite end of the garbage disposal drain line from the sink drain.
  • Remove this drain line and clear the clogging material into your trash.
  • Reconnect the drain line.
  • Turn the breaker back on or plug in the disposal.
  • Run the disposal to make sure the clog is clear.


If the above solution doesn’t fix the clog, then the clog is in the main drain line. Clearing the main drain line with require a drain snake or a professional plumber.

  • Remove the sink trap (the U shaped pipe beneath the sink).
  • Check the trap for clogging items and clear them from the pipe.
  • Remove the horizontal pipe that runs into the wall.
  • Check this pipe for logs as well. Usually the clog is further down the line in the pipes in the wall.
  • Feed the auger cable into the wall pipe until you reach the source of the clog.
  • Crank the auger handle clockwise and push forward to drive the auger head through the clog.
  • Continue cranking until you no longer receive resistance to the auger.
  • Crank counterclockwise to break up the clog.
  • Repeat these steps until the clog is destroyed and there is no longer any resistance to your auger line.
  • Reassemble the drain line and run hot water to make sure the clog is cleared.
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