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It is not draining. The sink is full of water on

It is not draining. The sink is full of water on both sides

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It is full of hard stuff that does not allow the water to get through...see if you have a small tool under the sink connected to the disposal and put it under the unit and make few turns first to see if anything hard is stuck inside i.e. spoon, fork, etc. and push the red button at the bottom of the unit too to reset it and start it and see if that work, you may need to do it few times...make sure that you have nothing hard inside first that will brake it...let me know if that work and please remember to rate my service so I am able to continue provide quality service and improve on it with your help. God bless

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If all other drains throughout the home are draining as per normal, than you've got to snake the piping after the disposal unit. You might also want, if you have the type, to remove the lower casing(motor) from the disposal and try to dislodge any food buildup within. It is imperative that someone stands by the operation switch and allows no one to flip the switch. Thank you, Dana

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