You can turn on an InSinkErator to clear a drain filled with food debris. The blades of the InSinkErator spin quickly in a circular pattern like those of a blender. The sharp blades chop food debris into tiny particles small enough to flow through the drain. Preparation and proper technique ensures a working drain and reduces damage to the blades. Keep food scraps and waste from getting in your way with a powerful InSinkErator disposal unit.

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Metal items, such as bottle caps, can damage the blades of the InSinkErator.

Step 1

Cover your hands with rubber gloves if you want to avoid coming in direct contact with the food waste. Sort through the debris and pull out anything too hard to cut easily with a knife. Small bones and shells will break up in the InSinkErator, but can dull the blades.

Step 2

Push the food debris into the drain until you are able to cover the opening with a removable drain protector. Set the faucet to run a slow but steady flow of cold water into the drain.

Step 3

Locate the power switch for the InSinkErator on the wall above the sink. Some disposal power switches are in a cluster that controls one or more lights as well.

Step 4

Flip on the power switch to the InSinkErator. Listen to the unit chop the food debris until it makes a smooth whirring sound as all the bits are cleared. Flip the switch again to turn off the disposal.