With the exception of sticking your hand in your garbage disposal and feeling around, it may be difficult to really know if your garbage disposal is clogged and the severity of the clog. So what can you do when you suspect that you have a cloggeddrain in your Jacksonville, Florida, home? Here are a few tips from our expert plumbers that may help.

• Does your garbage disposal no longer drain?

• Does water with floating food go into your drain before backing up into your sink?

• Does your kitchen sink have a foul odor?

• Do food particles rise to the top despite that disposal being on?

• Does the drain make gurgling sounds?

If you answered yes to any of these questions above, then your garbage disposal may be clogged.

What Causes a Clogged Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposal are often clogged when there is little to no water flushing the food waste down the drain properly while it’s being ground and sent into the waste line. As a result, the disposal gets clogged with buildup into the drain lines.

Certain foods can lead to a clogged garbage disposal even faster, including potato peels, banana peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, and bones. Also, if you try to dispose large amounts of food at once, this will make some pieces stuck in the pipe, thus, causing a clog.

How to Prevent Clogged Disposals

When operating your garbage disposal, be sure to run plenty of water during and after waste food grinding. Also, minimize the amount of food you send to your garbage disposal at a time.

If you find that your garbage disposal is still clogged, then contact the professionals at Bill Fenwick plumbing today. We’ll resolve the issue and get your garbage disposal operating to its optimal level.