Clogged drains from the garbage disposal can happen for many reasons. You may have placed the wrong types of food in it. For example, you should never place pasta in it because it could swell and clog the drain. You might be able to use a plunger to clear it, but it might not work with that tool. However, you may be able to save money by using a snake to unclog it.
If you have a completely clogged drain, don't use a chemical cleaner; instead, use a snake or plunger. Chemicals are good for a partial clog but can burn your skin if you try to put your hand down the drain. The pipes can also be destroyed or damaged by the corrosive substances.
The snake, or hand auger as it is also called, can be purchased at varied prices. For general usage, such as for a garbage drain, a 20-foot length with a 3/8 inch hose works best. However, you can use a shorter one with 1/4 inch hoses.
Be sure to turn off the power using the switch near the disposal unit, under the cabinet or on the wall close by. In case you can't locate it, turn off the breaker in the home's main power panel/breaker box.
Never put your hand in the disposal unit.
Look into the drain to see if you can see the object causing the problem. Try using a solution of vinegar and baking soda since this is a natural cleaning solvent. If this doesn't work and if nothing is visible, you can continue using the snake.
Put a bucket under the sink to catch any overflow that may happen when you snake the drain.
Unscrew the PVC pipes with your hands or a pipe wrench. You will need to remove the horizontal pipe.
Begin by pushing the snake down into the stub pipe in the wall with a twisting motion until you feel the clog.
You will believe you have reached the clog if it feels like the snake has hit an obstruction. However, continue with the process until you feel the tension drop. You have probably reached the clog when you feel the tension change again.
Proceed slowly until you have finished with a twisting motion until you are successfully through the clog.
These basic steps should clear any clogs from the garbage disposal unit. If you have snaked the pipe and still have a slow-running drain, contact a service like Rolling Bay Plumbing.