Garbage Disposal Repair

Garbage Disposal Clogs

garbage disposal repairGarbage disposals clog because over time the waste line or trap gets coated and eventually becomes obstructed with food waste. Clogs are most often caused by how the ground food waste reacts to water or lack of water after the disposal unit has ground it up and sends it on its way into waste line. When a garbage disposal clogs you will often find the problem in the trap found on the waste discharge side of the disposal. The most common causes for a clogged disposal are due to the following:

Lack of Flushing Water - Not putting enough water down the disposal when it's grinding is a sure way to get a clog. Over time the lack of flushing water does not carry the waste material fully through the drainage system and it builds up in the drain lines.

Grinding Egg Shells or Coffee Grounds - These items may not seem like an issue, but they can become a big problem. Grinding egg shells or coffee grounds will create very tiny granular waste that will stick to any sludge in the pipe and quickly create a clog.

Grinding Potato Peels - Potato peels are notorious clog makers. Once ground up, they form a starchy paste similar to mashed potatoes and quickly clog the drain.

Grinding Banana Peels - Banana peels are a similar problem to potato peels except they also add stringy fibers to the mix.

The simplest way to avoid a clog is to make sure you flush the disposal with plenty of water when it is grinding and for 30 seconds afterward. Then occasionally maintain your disposal by regularly grinding up pieces of lemon peel and ice cubes.

If your disposal is draining slowly or not at all, the problem is most likely in the drain trap which is the P or S-shaped plumbing line right after the disposal discharge. To get rid of the clog, disconnect the drain trap and remove the trap from the discharge drain of the disposal. Check for clogs or obstructions. If a clog is not found in the trap then the clog lies in the line going into the wall or beyond the vertical pipe going into the wall. If these simple suggestions do not resolve the clogging issue, professional assistance may be required. Mitch The Plumber can handle your garbage disposal clog or repair issue. Contact Mitch today for personal service and the right advice.


If you are located in Ann Arbor, Saline, or Dexter and need a garbage disposal repair or new garbage disposal install, give Mitch The Plumber a call (734) 995-5063.

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