Garbage disposal vs. instant mashed potatoes

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Old 08-16-03, 11:47 AM
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Garbage disposal vs. instant mashed potatoes

We poured a LOT of instant mashed potatoes (still in powder form) into the garbage disposal, and I guess they began congealing and expanding.

Anyway, the disposal seems to be completely clogged and water will not drain down that side of the sink.

Thank goodness the other side of the sink is clear, which indicates the pipe below the disposal is clear.

We have been running a lot of water into the clogged disposal, and running it to churn things up, but after an hour of this there is still no drainage.

Any miracle chemical I can pour in to clear up the disposal problem??

Thanks for any help!

---Dan, Champaign, IL
 
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Old 08-16-03, 12:38 PM
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You might try snaking it out.
 
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Old 08-16-03, 12:39 PM
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Take the pipe apart under the sink and clean it out.
 
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Best bet is to use some type of sprayer that will connect to that faucet and use a forceful spray inside of garbage disposal and slowly take out what you can.


Make sure electric is turned off at panel or switch on wall.
 
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You need to avoid chemicals, and snakes don't unclog disposals. The exit ports on the disposal are clogged, which often happens with other things like celery, and other stringy materials.

Easiest solution is to wait for the disposal to drain, and fill it full of ice cubes. Pack them in there as tight as possible. Place the drain stopper over the drain and turn on the disposal, after about 15 seconds, start water flowing. The crushed ice will clear the clogged ports on the disposal.

Repeat the ice flush as necessary, it will work.
 
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Ice is a good idea. I recommend my customers to always throw two or three trays of ice cubes down the diposal to keep inside clean and moving parts free moving Once a month.
 
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Thanks for the advice

The ice cubes worked like a charm! Thanks so much!
 
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Yep, eleven years later, the ice cube trick still works!

Rick
 
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