How to Drain a Stopped Up Garbage Disposal

When your garbage disposal stops up, it is important to fix the problem as soon as you can. Because you cannot dispose of the old food in the disposal when it is stopped up, there is a strong likelihood that the food will start smelling. If the food stays in the disposal it will affect how well your sink as well as your dishwasher can drain. The good news is that draining a stopped-up garbage disposal does not take a lot of time.

A stopped-up garbage disposal can cause drainage issues.
  1. Flip the wall switch to "Off" to make sure the disposal is turned off. Turn off the water in the sink if it is running.

  2. Open the cabinet under the sink and get below the disposal.

  3. Place either end of an Allen wrench into the hole at the bottom of the garbage disposal.

  4. Twist the Allen wrench clockwise until you can rotate it a full 360 degrees. Because the disposal is stopped up, you may not be able to turn the Allen wrench the full 360 degrees in one fell swoop. Work the Allen wrench back and forth as much as you need to until you complete a full rotation.

  5. Use tongs to reach inside the disposal and remove loose objects.

  6. Press the "Reset" button at the bottom of the disposal about five minutes after you rotate the Allen wrench.

  7. Turn on the water and flip the switch to run the garbage disposal. The disposal will no longer be stopped up and water will drain.