How to Un-Jam a Garbage Disposal like a Plumber

Kitchen garbage disposal problems can be frustrating. Most disposal jams can be easily fixed, but many homeowners give up and call a plumber to take care of the problem. This helpful Roto-Rooter video will let you in on the professional secrets so you'll be able to un-jam a garbage disposal just like a professional plumber.

First, always be sure whenever you are working on your disposal, that the power to the disposal is off. Next, if you turn the power on and do not hear a buzzing sound, check to see if the local fuse on the disposal has been tripped. You can do this by pushing the reset button located on the bottom of the disposal. If you still aren't hearing any noise, check the main breaker located in your home's breaker box. If you hear buzzing and the jam persists, turn the disposal off and using a 1/4" hex wrench, insert the wrench into the center hole at the bottom of the disposal. Turning the wrench back and forth should release the jam. If you do not have a hex wrench, a dowel or a wooden spoon can be used to do the same through the drain. Simply insert the spoon firmly up against one of the impellers, rotating back and forth until the jam is freed.

If none of these work, your local Roto-Rooter plumber will be happy to come out and take a look!


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