Clearing a jammed garbage disposal can be dangerous, so call us to take care of it!
If you have ever watched one of the medical dramas on television, you’ve likely seen at one time or another an episode where someone has suffered a serious injury because of a garbage disposal. Whether you drop something down it accidentally or you are trying to remedy a jammed garbage disposal, there are steps you should take if you don’t want reality to imitate television fiction. Here are the right steps to take when facing a jammed garbage disposal.
- Check for Power– Your garbage disposal won’t work without power, so start by confirming that by checking the power panel in your home, looking for a tripped circuit or blown fuse.
- Is it Warm?– Go under the sink and feel the outside of the garbage disposal. If the housing feels warm, it could have overheated. Give it time to cool down and then reset it.
- Turn Off Power– If the first two steps haven’t worked, go back to the panel and shut off the power to the garbage disposal before going any further. Be absolutely certain you have flipped the right switch.
- Check the Flywheel– A jammed garbage disposal is often caused by something going down there that shouldn’t, such as a utensil, piece of jewelry, or chicken bone. Feel around to see if you can find anything and remove what you find. If you suspect something broken inside, such as a recently broken glass, be sure to wear heavy gloves or use tongs.
If you are uncomfortable with any step, don’t do it! Call us at Wayne’s Plumbing Repair instead. You can also call us if you’ve gotten through all four steps and your jammed garbage disposal hasn’t been resolved. We have provided reliable plumbing repair services in the Waxhaw, North Carolina area since 1991 and offer fast, professional service as a reasonable price. Call today to get your garbage disposal up and running again.