If your garbage disposal won't turn on or sounds like it's struggling when it is turned on, then you might be dealing with a clogged disposal. A clogged disposal can not only be an inconvenience (as it prevents you from being able to use it), but if the problem isn't resolved quickly, the disposal itself can also begin to smell. Fortunately, you should be able to unclog your home's garbage disposal yourself; if you run into any trouble along the way, however, your best bet is to call Joe Klosterman Plumbing or a similar company.
DO Shut Off Power
Always shut off power to your garbage disposal before you perform any kind of work on it. The last thing you want is for your disposal to accidentally be turned on while you're in the middle of trying to unclog it. Most disposals have a switch that will shut the unit off, but you should also check to see if yours plugs into the wall. If so, unplug the unit from the wall. If you can't find a wall plug, consider shutting off the breaker associated with the disposal. Better to be safe than sorry when dealing with a garbage disposal that has sharp blades.
DO Allow to Cool
Once the disposal is shut off, use a flashlight to shed some light on the inside of the drain. You should be able to see what's clogging it. Use a pair of pliers to remove the object that's clogging the disposal, but don't turn it back on right away. Instead, allow the disposal motor a few minutes to cool down--especially if you ran the motor before discovering the clog. This will help to prevent any possible damage to the motor once it's turned back on.
DON'T Use Your Hand
When working on your garbage disposal, you should never stick your hand down into the drain. Even if power is completely cut off from the disposal itself, you could still cut your hand on the blades. There are plenty of other objects you can use to access the inside of the drain without injuring yourself, such as a pair of pliers (as mentioned above) or the end of a wooden broom handle.
As you can see, unclogging a garbage disposal doesn't need to be a difficult task. Just be sure to follow these simple tips along the way and you'll have yours running properly again in no time.