Unclogging a Kitchen Sink With Disposal?

How do I unclog a double kitchen sink with garbage disposal on one side?

By Yvette


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September 30, 20140 found this helpful

A plunger handle inside the disposal side, working it around sometimes helps. You also need to make double sure the power is off to the disposal and get out whatever is clogging it up. Sometimes you have to go under the sing and undo the trap, physically getting out whatever is in there.
Recently, I had to help someone who had been putting rice down the non-disposal side for so long it was like cement. A pressure washer was required it was so bad.
Once you "blow the pipes" so to speak, you should be ok. There is a reset button on the back of the disposal and once that is pushed, hopefully it will all be clear.


Once it's done, preventing it from happening again is very important. Rice, potato peels, celery, and egg shells should be bagged and thrown out. They are either stringy or starchy and just don't grind up well enough to go through. I hope this helps. PBP

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

My kitchen sick is cloded up but I have no disposal I have a dishwasher but can't get it unstoped we have a A septic tank And we live in the country

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September 8, 20160 found this helpful
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Take a wet/dry vac and suck out what water you can. Put 1/3 cup baking soda down into the drain. Follow with 1 cup white vinegar.


Let this sit for about 5 minutes. Then flush with the hottest water you can. This should work and is something that should be done about once a month for maintenance.

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

I have had very good success by using the garbage disposal to help foam the pipes. Taking detergent, Dawn, pour enough down a running disposal and hot water, if will create a huge amount of foam. Better plug to other sink or it will fill with dawn soap foam. After running somewhere between a half to a whole cup, shut everything down and allow the foam to migrate through the pipes. I've been doing this on a Sunday night just before retiring for the day to allow the foam travel through without other activity diluting the suds. Flush the next morning by running hot water down sinks. It's been working for me for a couple of years now. Hope this helps.

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