Clogged drain in garborator

Old 08-07-00, 09:01 AM
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I have just moved into a house that has a double sink in the kitchen. One of the drains has an "In-sink-erator" garborator. The drain coming off the garborator seems to be clogged. (It took all night to drain the water from that sink after doing dishes last night.) I have never had a garborator and don't even know where to start or if a liquid solution like liquid plumber is even OK. Any suggestions?
Old 08-07-00, 05:42 PM
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DO NOT put any sort of a drain cleaner down the disposal. It won't do any good, and it WILL damage the unit! Under the sink you will see an 1-1/2" oulet from the disposal, probably plumbed to the drain of the other bowl of the sink. Take this drain apart and clean it out, as well as the p-trap everything runs into. Then reassemble everything. THAT will cure the problem.
Old 08-07-00, 05:47 PM
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Chemical drain openers in the Garbage Disposal is a "bozo no-no". It's not good for the grinder blades, and may find its way into the bearings or motor itself.

If there's no debris in the disposal (a disposal full of food scraps will not drain), look at your pipes below, if there is a single "p-trap", and the disposal joins the other sink with a Tee fitting, then there may be buildup or debris in the pipes that go out of the disposal to that join.

If it has it's own p-trap, the problem is likely right at the trap, or where it goes into the wall to join the main drain.

(ps put a bucket under the trap before you loosen the nuts)

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