A garbage disposal makes life a lot easier until someone takes it for granted. "What happens is the kids throw a cantaloupe rind in there, the thing seizes up, and then it stops," Carolla says. "What a lot of people don't realize is that a garbage disposal has a reset button." A breaker is attached to the bottom of every garbage disposal that triggers the unit to shutdown when it is overloaded. You need to get under the sink to reach for the reset button.
"It's like a little outie belly button that should be on the underside of it," says Carolla. You're going to kind of get under there and feel around, and you can reset it." For safety, head to the electrical panel of your home and shut off the disposal's power source before attempting to pry out whatever is causing the clog.