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My sink is backing up on bothe sides

My sink is backing up on both sides all pipes and garbage disposal seem clear of obstructions. the hose for the dish washer it also clear.

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If the sink is stopped up on both sides try putting the rubber stopper in on the side opposite the garbage disposal. Hold down the stopper and cut the disposal on for about 5 minutes. The pressure on one side will force the water down the drain and clear both sides. Worked like a charm! : )

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Your drain line is clogged, beyond the sinks. You might be able to use a plunger to clear it. Seal off one the drains and use the plunger in the other. After you get it cleared, run pure hot water for a few minutes to melt the junk out of the line. When using the disposer, use cold water only, NEVER hot. If this doesn't get your drain flowing, you will have to snake the drain--to the main drain.

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The drain hose for the dishwasher, is past the J-trap under the sink? Then I suggest your problem lies in the drain pipe, further down the line. If not you may want to remove the J-trap, and see if this is the source of your clog.

J-trap example:
http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/8292559

Is the bathtub/shower drain also backing up?
You may try some of the consumer drain clean products, on the market. If this doesn't work it's time to call in the pro's.

You may have a collapsed drain pipe, or tree roots have entered in your drain pipe system. Sometimes birds can enter the vent pipe for the drain system, and clog it up. Check to see that there is a screen, or some sort of protective device, on the top of all your vent pipes.


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Insinkerator disposer causes water to drain slowly from sink


The pipe from the disposer outlet to the sink drain Tee is partially plugged. Remove the drain pipe from the disposer to clear the obstruction.

Apr 11, 2014 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Backed Up Kitchen Double Sink Fix with Garbage Disposal- Quick and Simple Fix


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.

on Jun 28, 2014 | Home

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Our sink and garbage disposal was clogged up. We got the sink unclogged, but the dishwasher had dirty water in the bottom and won't drain.


Your dishwasher drains into the garbage disposal. It you tried to use a plunger to clear your clogged sink or run the disposal with to much junk in it you may have force debris into the dishwasher drain hose. With both the dishwasher and garbage disposal disconnect from power disconnect the dishwasher drain hose from the garbage disposal. This is usually about a one inch black hose. Clear out any debris in the hose and inlet nipple on the garbage disposal. If debris is compacted far down the hose it will need to be disconnected from the dishwasher end and remove to clear the blockage.

Good luck!
Steve

Feb 10, 2012 | Asko 1385 Dishwasher

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Our disposal is full of water, and will not drain down. we had orange peels in there, which seem to not be in there any longer, but the water will not drain out of the disposal. We have a Badger as well.


Take apart P-trap located under sink.
Take photos of everything before starting so things go back easy.
Remove stuff from under sink, get some old towels, and put bucket under sink to catch water.
Loosen both nuts on P-trap and it will fall loose.
Turn on water and turn on disposal for a moment to see if blockage will fall down into catch bucket.
If disposal is still blocked, remove tailpiece connected to side of disposal and then clean out disposal with coat hanger, and/or plastic pipe that is duct-taped to shop vac hose. For a real mess, turn on the water and run disposal to clear blockage while tailpiece is off.

Clean and reassemble parts.
I use rectorseal for all tubular joints so they will not leak.
For re-assembly, I wrote tips with photos from days when I worked apartment maintenance.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Apr 22, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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My badger 5 is leaking from the bottom around what seems to be the electrical cord opening. any suggestions


Your disposal is rusted out and needs replacement.

Garbage disposal mechanism cannot be disassembled for repairs.
Here are basic disposal parts:
1) Sink basket that connects to sink and is held with 3 screws from below.
2) Disposal body which connects to sink basket using metal ring.
3) Rubber washer between disposal and sink basket.
4) Dishwasher connects to upper part of disposal with a hose.
5) Electric wire coming from disposal switch connects to disposal near red reset button.
6) Tubular drain pipe connects to side of disposal

You might be able to buy time filling hole with epoxy or silicone caulk and let dry for 2 days.
10-year old garbage disposal had a good run.
Disposal will need to be replaced at some point.

When I worked apartment maintenance, we replaced disposal with same size and brand disposal.
That way we didn't have to change out sink basket or move pipes around under the sink.
How to: Disconnect 2 nuts on p-trap and trap falls loose.
Using hammer and screwdriver, rotate steel connector disk that holds disposal to sink basket, and disposal comes off.
Before installing new disposal.
Attach electric wire to new disposal, black wire to black and white to white, and push in red reset button.
Attach dishwasher tube to new disposal. Knock out plug inside dishwasher opening.
Lift new disposal up into place, and attach to old sink basket.
There is a rubber washer between disposal and sink basket, Use new washer.
Connector ring catches at three points, all three have to connect.
You can use bottle jack to lift disposal if you have problem.
Re-assemble tubular pipe.

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Image shows direction for connecting new disposal.

If this is your home, you want new sink basket that comes with new disposal because it looks shiny and new.
Buy a tub of plumbers putty also.
Remove 3 screws that hold sink basket, remove basket and clean sink opening.
Put finger-size roll of plumbers putty around sink opening, and then push new strainer basket into plumbers putty.
Tighten basket from below, wipe away excess putty around sink opening.
Install new disposal as described above.

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Tips for tubular pipes:
When taking apart tubular pipes, start at p-trap and take apart as few pieces as needed to do job.
On image above, loosen both upper and lower nuts, trap falls loose, and then work on disposal.
Any tubular drain pipe that gets moved while working under sink needs to be disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled.
Metal pipes have rubber washer >> always use new rubber washers.
Plastic pipes have plastic washers > plastic washers can be cleaned and re-used.
Plastic washers have flat side that goes toward nut, tapered side away from nut.

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When reassembling tubular pipe, we use rectorseal on washers and joints.
Slap a good amount on washer just before pushing washer in place and attaching nut.
Rectorseal will ensure tubular drain pipes won't leak.


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Jan 11, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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My Garbage disposal works and it turns but it sounds as if something is loose in there...it's the Insinkerator 5-81.....Is it possible the cutting blades are loose and if so, how do I fix this?


Garbage disposals can get noisy and sound like they're eating spoons instead of banana peel.
You can put vacuum hose in sink opening and see if something is in there.
As long as disposal is not shaking around a lot, and causing pipes to leak, then you can use it until it dies.

Garbage disposal mechanism cannot be disassembled for repairs.
Here are basic parts:
1) Sink basket that connects to sink and is held with 3 screws from below.
2) Disposal which connects to sink basket with metal ring.
3) There is a washer between disposal and sink basket.
4) The dishwasher connects to disposal with a hose.
5) Electric wire coming from disposal switch connects to disposal near red reset button.

I wrote tips for replacing disposals that you can use when disposal gives out.
When I worked apartment maintenance, we replaced disposal with same brand and size disposal.
That way we didn't have to change out sink basket or move pipes around under the sink.
How to: Disconnect 2 nuts on p-trap and trap falls loose.
Rotate steel connector disk that holds disposal to sink basket, and disposal comes off.
Before installing new disposal.
Attach electric wire to new disposal, and push in reset button.
Attach dishwasher tube to new disposal. Knock out plug inside dishwasher opening.
Lift new disposal up into place, and attach to old sink basket.
There is a rubber washer between disposal and sink basket, Use new washer.
Attachment ring catches at three points, all three have to connect.
You can use bottle jack to lift disposal if you have problem.
Re-assemble tubular pipe.

geno_3245_222.jpg
If this is your home, you want new sink basket that comes with new disposal because it looks shiny and new.
Buy a tub of plumbers putty also.
Remove old sink basket and clean sink opening.
Put finger-size roll of plumbers putty around sink opening, and then push new strainer basket into plumbers putty.
Tighten basket from below, wipe away excess putty around sink opening.
Install new disposal as described above.

geno_3245_223.jpg

Tips for tubular pipes:
When taking apart tubular pipes, start at p-trap and take apart as few pieces as needed to do job.
On image above, loosen both upper and lower nuts, trap falls loose, and then work on disposal.
Any tubular drain pipe that gets moved while working under sink needs to be disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled.
Metal pipes have rubber washer >> always use new rubber washers.
Plastic pipes have plastic washers > plastic washers can be cleaned and re-used.
Plastic washers have flat side that goes toward nut, tapered side away from nut.

geno_3245_221.jpg

When reassembling tubular pipe, we use rectorseal on washers and joints.
Slap a good amount on washer just before pushing washer in place and attaching nut.
Rectorseal will ensure tubular drain pipes won't leak.

Add a comment for more free help.
Also take advantage of fixyas phone service.
For a price, fixya expert speaks with you over phone while you work on disposal.

Jan 04, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I had to take it apart and now I can't seem to figure out how to put it back into the sink without it falling out.


If I understand correctly, your garbage disposal came loose from the sink basket.
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The darker blue arrows point to the connector disc.
The connector disc rotates freely when garbage disposal is not connected to sink basket.
The trick is to lift the disposal into place with one hand.
Push up hard while keeping disposal
perfectly flat and aligned with sink basket.
Then use other hand to rotate connector until it catches on sink basket.

Before starting:
Disconnect the tubular drain pipes because these pipes will have to be re-sealed.
The electric wire and dishwasher hose can stay connected

If you are disabled or impaired, use a car jack or bottle jack to lift the disposal ... but go slow and don't lift the whole sink.

Now to reconnect the tubular drain pipes.
All drain pipes that were moved during the garbage disposal event should be taken apart.
Disassemble these pipes.
Clean the pipes and washers.
If washers are rubber, buy new ones.
If washers are plastic, re-use old ones after they are cleaned.
I use rectoseal on all tubular washers when installing pipes under the sink.
Coat the washers with plenty of rectoseal and the tubular drain pipes will seal first-time with no leaks.
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Nov 11, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I unclogged the GD by removing the pipes underneath and replaced them tightly. GD seems to be working fine now, but water is slowly leaking from underneath the GD! It appears to be leaking from the...


The leak comes from above where water comes out.

Turn off power before touching wet electrical appliance.

Put stopper in disposal.
Fill sink with water.
Check if water is getting through the putty seal at sink connection.

Next, check if water leaks only when dishwasher runs. Dishwasher drains into garbage disposal.

Last, check tailpiece where it attaches to side of garbage disposal. The tailpiece is usually sealed with a rubber washer. When washer is old, it gets deformed, and then it doesn't seal perfectly when put back.

I use rectorseal on all tubular pipe joints under the sink.
Works on both plastic and rubber washers.
It is gooey and sticky.
Brush it all over the washer, use plenty, then assemble pipes.
The rectorseal assures that joint will not leak.

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Water draining backinto dishwasher from garbage disposal


You have a clog where the drain pipe leaves the garbage disposal that isn't draining fast enough or not at all. Or it could be a clog in the dishwasher drain hose where it connects onto the disposal.

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the obstruction they talk about in the disposer, its where the connection for the d/w drain is made, there is a "knockout" plug within the drain line connector( in case you dont have a d/w) that would need to be removed before the d/w will drain. can be popped out with a good smack with a screw driver, the plastic knockout will land within the disposer. disconnect power and remove the plug, it will not break up and wash away

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