Over 50% of all homes in the United States have a garbage disposal in it. In contrast, only about 3% of houses in Canada have one. So it seems fixing your garbage disposal may be more of an American problem.

The garbage disposal is such a convenient tool, but is often taken for granted up until it breaks. Here, Budget Dumpster will provide you with the ability to Do-It-Yourself and fix your garbage disposal. This can be a very simple DIY project, but remember the golden rule: DO NOT PUT YOUR HAND DOWN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL!

Now the first step is to determine what type of problem you have with your garbage disposal. There are 2 options. When you switch on the garbage disposal, if there is no sound, it is an electrical issue. If it makes some type of sound, it is clogged. So lets begin with the power problem.

Garbage Disposal Electrical Problem

Step #1: Make certain every outlet has been plugged in. This may seem obvious, but it is the most common issue.

Step #2: Locate the reset button on the bottom of the garbage disposal. It is usually red and you will need to go under the sink to find it. If there is an electrical problem, the button will be popped out. Push the button in and see if it works!

Step #3: If the reset button didn’t help the situation, it means your circuit breaker has tripped and turned off the electricity to your garbage disposal. This should be solvable with a simple flick to turn it back on.

Step #4: Since you have exhausted the easy fixes, it is likely you need to replace your garbage disposal switch. The instructions to Do-It-Yourself and fix your garbage disposal switch can be found here.

Step #5: Getting to this step is not a good sign. If your completely replace the switch and it still does not work, then you will need a brand new garbage disposal.

Clogged Garbage Disposal

Do you hear a humming sound? We’ll use these simple steps to fix your clogged garbage disposal.

Step #1: Turn off your garbage disposal and unplug it just to be safe.

Step #2: It is not recommended to use your hand. So take a pair of pliers and attempt to remove the object obstructing the garbage disposal. The most common clogger are utensils or something large. It should be relatively quick to fix the problem.

Step #3:  If the clog is more complex, you will need to remove the garbage disposal unit from the sink. It just takes a wrench to take out the garbage disposal. Put a bucket under the sink to catch and debris that may leak out.

Step #4: Take the garbage disposal apart and begin to unclog it. Pipe cleaners or even a screwdriver will work.

Step #5: Re-attach the garbage disposal and you should be good to go.

Budget Dumpster is a professional at removing waste in any capacity. If you have any questions about getting rid of garbage, contact Budget Dumpster. Also check out a previous blog about how to keep your garbage disposal fresh!