That Jammed Disposal!

This summer we spent some time at a glorious beach house, which was perfect in every way but one…  It had an easily-jam-able disposal.  But it was no wonder — Several of the ladies had made a huge dinner, and they had shoved everything from potato skins to corn husks down into that dark abyss.  When they poured wine and coffee on top of the monstrous clog, it made for a scary mess, indeed. Fortunately, they had a handy plumber to help get their fingers out of the drain and their toes back into the sand.

So what does one do when the disposal jams?  There’s actually one easy fix you hope will do the trick.  You simply reach down and hit the little reset button under the disposal.  Often that’s the simple key.  If that doesn’t work, another relatively easy homeowner fix includes grabbing an Allen wrench and manually spinning the disposal.  This can loosen the jam and get things humming again. If neither of these fixes work, call the plumber, and he can work his magic pretty inexpensively for this problem by taking apart the drain pipes.

The best idea, though, is to prevent clogs in the first place.  How can you do this?  Never, ever put rice, noodles, or potato skins into the disposal.  These often-undercooked foods have been known to take their toll on many a disposal unit.   And if you want a fresher-smelling sink and disposal area, pour a little baking soda down there once in a while, add a little water, and let it sit for a while.  With a little preventative care and TLC, you can have a healthy disposal and free up your time to do what you really want to do – like soak up the sun!

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