2 Step Guide For Removing The Candle Wax Clogging Your Garbage Disposal's Drain

26 July 2017
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If one of your children decided it would be a good idea to pour hot candle wax down your garbage disposal's drain, you may find that you are stuck with a massive wax clog. If so, use the following guide for removing the candle wax that is clogging up your garbage disposal's drain.

Step 1:  Freeze It Out

The first thing you can try when attempting to clear the wax out of your garbage disposal's drain is to freeze it out with ice. The idea behind using ice is that when the wax freezes, it becomes very hard and brittle. Then, when you turn on the garbage disposal, it will shatter into tiny pieces and exit the drain through the pipe.

Place enough crushed ice in your sink to fill it until the ice is about two inches deep. Then, turn on your garbage disposal, and keep it running until all of the ice has been chopped up.

When the ice gets low, turn on the cold water and let it run for a few minutes. After the ice is gone, turn off the garbage disposal, and run the water for a few seconds. If the sink is still clogged up, go on to the next step to try something else.

Step 2:  Melt the Wax

If freezing the wax did not work, the next step is to try to melt the wax with boiling water. If the heat from the water is enough to soften the wax, it may melt it enough to push it through.

Bring a couple of quarts of water to a rolling boil. After turning on the garbage disposal, slowly pour the water down the drain, being careful not to splash yourself.

After all of the water has been poured, turn on the hot water, and let it run for about a minute with the disposal still running. Then, turn off the disposal, and run the water a little longer to see if the clog is cleared.

If the drain is still clogged, you could try removing the P-trap and cleaning it manually. Or, you may want to contact a plumber to fully inspect the trap and drain, especially if you are uncomfortable with working on the pipe yourself or unsure of where the clog is located.

Even after going through the two steps in the guide above, you may still find that the wax has fully lodged itself inside the drainage pipe. If so, contact a plumbing contractor, such as fromBelfair Plumbing & Drain Service, that provides drain cleaning services to have them inspect the damage and discuss your options for removing the wax from your garbage disposal's drain pipe.