Quick Fixes For Your Garbage Disposal on Thanksgiving Day

Mother cutting Thanksgiving turkey for kids

You’re surrounded by family in the kitchen, smiling at the scent of Thanksgiving dinner cooking and getting ready to sit down and toast to another year of celebrating. Everything seems to be going just as planned until…the garbage disposal starts acting up due to a clog. While it may not seem like a major problem at the time, what are you to do with all of your food scraps when the evening is over? Knowing just how convenient this appliance can be, we bet you’d do anything to have it up and running almost immediately. If you’re unsure how to do so, here are some quick fixes you can try:

  1. Garbage disposals can become clogged if there isn’t enough water flowing when dry waste is being disposed of. Should you realize that you didn’t have the water running when using this appliance initially, try turning both the disposal and your faucet back on – letting water flow freely for a few minutes may help break up the problem.
  2. Grab a lemon peel and some ice cubes and send them down the disposal. As your appliance works to grind these up, the combination of acid that is produced from the lemon peel and crushed ice will give your appliance a good scrubbing. After the process of grinding these items is complete, allow some more water to flow down the drain to really clean things out.
  3. If you know that the clog has been caused by an object that wasn’t meant to go down the drain and you can see it, use a long spoon or pair of pliers to get it out. However, keep in mind that for this approach you should be able to visibly see the item that’s causing the blockage so that you know exactly where to direct your tools.

While a plumbing problem is never really convenient, we know that it can really put you in a sticky situation when your home is filled with holiday guests. That’s why we highly recommend keeping these tips in mind if you’re having family and friends over for Thanksgiving! And, for even more holiday tips as they relate to your plumbing, be sure to connect with us on social media.

From all of us at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter, we’d like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy the holiday!