Clogged Garbage Disposal

Clogged Garbage Disposal

Learn how to prevent and fix a clogged or jammed garbage disposal in this Invitation Homes "Know Your Home" video.


Hello, I’m Shawna with Invitation Homes and today we’re going to talk about how to fix your clogged or jammed garbage disposal.

First, never reach your hand into a garbage disposal drain. Make sure the power is off and, without reaching into the drain, see if there is something blocking the blades. Examples of food-related items you should never put into your garbage disposal include fibrous foods, coffee grounds, egg shells, bones, potato skins or grease. If it’s a solid object like a bone or an eating utensil, you’ll need to carefully remove the object using tongs or a similar instrument. Again, do not reach your hand inside the garbage disposal. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you’ll need to locate the small hole in the center of the bottom of the disposal. Again, make sure the power is off to the unit.

Some garbage disposals come with a special tool for turning the blades and motor, but if you don’t see one a standard Allen wrench should do the trick. Simply insert the tool into the hole at the bottom of the disposal and move it back and forth to free any objects that may be lodged in the disposal. If the disposal still doesn’t operate, it’s possible the circuit breaker may have been tripped. Find the small red button on the bottom of the disposal and press the button to get the power going again. If the garbage disposal remains jammed, call the Invitation Homes maintenance number for your region or enter a maintenance request at

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