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How to Unstop a Kitchen Sink With a Garbage Disposal

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    Clear the Clog

    • 1). Fill the basin with several inches of water to ensure a tight seal with a plunger. Holding a wet rag over the other drain's opening (in a double sink), plunge the opening of the garbage disposal with vigor; if the clog does not clear after a few minutes of plunging, move on to the next step.

    • 2). Remove all water from the basin(s). Position a bucket under the drain to catch any dirty water. Use slip-joint pliers to loosen the slip nut between the P-trap and the trap arm and then the nut at the bottom of the waste tee. Clean and reinstall the trap. Flush warm water to completely clear the drain. If the clog remains, move on to the next step.

    • 3). Remove and clean the trap arm. Use a screwdriver to dislodge any debris that remain inside of the pipe. If no clog is found in the trap arm, move on to the next step.

    • 4). Use a plumber's snake in the drain line, feeding 10 inches down at a time. Once you feel the snake's tip hitting an obstruction, crank through it until the cable's tension drops. Reverse cranking and clean the cable as it returns. Repeat the snaking process until no more clogged material appears. Reinstall the trap arm and flush at least a gallon of warm water down the drain.

    Deodorize the Garbage Disposal and Drain

    • 1). Pour 1/2 cup each of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain and cover both drain openings to fine clean and deodorize the drain and food processor.

    • 2). Flush at least a gallon of warm water down the drain after several minutes to clear the drain of the mixture.

    • 3). Repeat this deodorizing step once a week for a clean and fresh-smelling garbage disposal and drain.

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