Broken glass in garbage disposal can be extremely harmful to the cleaning workers that sort the recyclables. This may not danger your septic system because the glass shards are small, and they will go to the bottom of the tank.
However, glass in the garbage disposal can get lodged in your plumbing flow and cause a clog. In the short term, the tiny glass may not be harmful, but when you leave it, the glass can also ruin the parts of your disposal, particularly the blades, and finally damage your garbage disposal.
Is Glass in Garbage Disposal Bad? It is Bad News!
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The worst thing is the broken glass may turn into flying shrapnel that can cause a scratch on your skin.
Look at how you can safely remove the broken glass from the garbage disposal.
Turn Off the Power
Before doing anything, make sure the power supply to your garbage disposal is turned off. You can choose to switch off the power for the disposal only, but for the sake of your safety, turn off the breaker at your panel too.
Get the Glass with a Tool
Do not ever put your hand into the garbage disposal. Use kitchen tools like kitchen tongs or needle-nose pliers. You can choose other similar tools if you do not own one of them.
Get the large piece of glass out first because the larger ones will live at the top of your drain’s opening. After that, begin “fishing” the remaining pieces.
Suck Them with a Vacuum
After putting maximum power on the needle nose pliers, bring a wet or dry shop vacuum to start sucking the glass that is really shattered into small pieces.
If you have the vacuum’s narrow accessory, try to reach the bottom of your disposal as low as possible.
Do not worry if you do not have one. Get a skinny attachment like a thin PEX tubing and tape it to the nozzle of your vacuum. You may need to suck out the pieces out if the nozzle is not wide enough.
Move the Blades
Do this manually and uncover the glass that has fallen deeply into the canister, which the vacuum cannot suck without moving the blades.
Use a hex key or broomstick through the drain to tackle this. Then, suck the tiny shreds of glass with your vacuum again.
Test the Disposal
After you are sure about the broken glass has been removed from your garbage disposal, have cold water run down your disposal. Then, it is time to rest it by turning on the power supply.
To avoid fatal accidents (in case the glass flying out), keep your face away or run. You are successful if the garbage disposal does not make a loud noise.
The five steps above have covered how to remove objects stuck in garbage disposal, especially broken glass. If you have gone through all of the steps but nothing changes, contact a professional plumber to handle it for you.