I'm thinking clog, but don't know where to start looking. My husband is not a "fix-it" kind of guy so I thought maybe I could give it a shot. I'd ask parents and in-laws, but they don't believe in dishwashers!!...hahaha
I turned off the washer after I lifted the cover off the valve located on the sink edge and had Old Faithful in my kitchen! The water remained in both sides of the double sink for maybe 1/2 hour-45 minutes and then drained away by itself.
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It may just be something it does when you happen to turn on the sink. I don't think there is a problem with the water heater coming on when you use cold water. It may just be heating the water back because the water is much colder than normal. You could talk to an HVAC guy and see what kinds of things they can do to help the situation. SERVICES Marv Plumbing Bellingham WA
Here's how to fix a backed-up double sink (running water down one side/sink causing dirty water to well up out of the drain on the other side, with slow or no emptying). Note that this quick-and-easy tip only works if you have a functioning garbage disposal.
What you will need: a stopper, and possibly a clean toilet plunger (the cup-shaped kind that stands on its own, not the kind that is bulb-shaped)
Stopper up the side in which the water is rising up out of the drain. Make sure you hold down the stopper as well; if you don't, the stopper will shoot up on a geyser of dirty water when you perform the next step. Once you have the stopper in place and are holding it down, run water on the other side/sink and turn on the garbage disposal. Once you have done that for a reasonable amount of time, shut off the garbage disposal and water, and unstopper* the other side. Run water on both sides to make sure everything is draining properly. Doing this should save you the hassle of taking the pipes apart or plunging one side repeatedly to clear the clog.
*Note: If the stopper is stuck, place the plunger so it completely covers the opening the stopper is stuck in and give it two good plunges. The plunger should create a vacuum that will suck out the stopper, and is more effective than you trying to pry or pull on it. Do this ONLY after you have shut off the garbage disposal and water.
What is happening is that there is a clog in your pipes. When water goes down one side, it hits the clog somewhere in the pipes, has nowhere to go, and gets pushed back up the pipe leading to the other side of the double sink. By stopping up the side without the garbage disposal, you are creating a barrier preventing the water from coming back up. At the same time, the garbage disposal running on the other side is forcing the water down. Since the water now cannot escape up the stoppered side, it has nowhere to go but down, forcing the clog out with it.
sounds more like the drain line is clogged between the shower and the main stack, and shares venting and drain with your kitchen sink. Have a plumber run a drain snake down from your kitchen drain (after the 'P' trap ) to clear the line. A covered over floor drain should have no effect on the back-up.
Looks like you were suffering thru the same thing we have in our house - did you ever get a solution to this? I was wondering if some of your vent pipes were cracked or partially clogged, especially where you had that plumbing access hole in the wall. Hope you've got this fixed already, since plumbing companies usually charge about $350 to run those smoke tests to find and pinpoint problems, and it doesn't always work. Buzzie
Hello, Tell your husband to wash his feet some place else, OK. it needs to be cleaned. Don't put you hand in it, OK. On the top in sink remove the rubber flapper and clean it with soap water and vingear. Put about four large cups of ice and tuirn on the disposer. The ice clean out any stuff that in the chopping blades. Mix up a sink of water, soda and a little clorex in the disposer sink then let the sink drain and turn on the gargage disposer then let it run while water is running into it. Do a cleaning procedure once or two a month. couple of lemons, Clorex, baking Soad, this stuff will work great. It will make you disposer smell like fresh spring day but tell you husband to keep his feet out of the kitchen sinks. GB...stewbison
I agree it definitly is not your garbage disposal. You could try to use a liquid drain cleaner, but in my experience those do not work all that well, especially on the type of problem that you are having. If in fact you can not take apart your P-trap, (it shouldn't be a S trap), you should look for some type of a clean out cover under the sink or in the basement (if you have one). If there is another fixture down line, or for that matter up line, are you having problems there? It is possible that you have a clogged pipe under the sink. Unfortunatly if you can not disassemble, you (or a hired prof) will have to cut under the sink to find the problem. Hope this helps
Hi Jenny - I had a terrible smell coming from under my sink, and I too thought it was a dishwasher/garbage disposal drainage issue. I used vinegar, baking soda, bleach and hot water on a daily basis. When I cut out the wallboard from under the sink and the smell got even worse, however, there was no sign of any water leaks or evidence of a dead animals. Come to find out, when I had a "friend" cut out a pass through from my kitchen (above the sink) into the den, he cut the pvc exhaust pipe and didn't re-route it nor cap allowing the fumes to escape outside via the attic. Thus, the fumes had no place to go other than down. The smell confused me because I thought it was rotten food or most likely a dead mouse trapped between the wall. The smell was actually causing me to get headaches. It's been almost 24 hours that this was repaired and I already can "smell" the difference. I hope this helps! Good luck.