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First, unplug the power cord to the "Sink aerator" disposal from under the sink storage area. Next, remove the black rubber strainer from the upper sink area leading down into the disposal. (It simply pulls upward to remove) This will allow you to put your hand down into the disposal area to physically clean out the disposal deposits by hand. Pull out whatever is plugging the disposal and throw the debris in the trash, not back into the disposal. Once everything is removed from inside the disposal, flush it out completely with water from the faucet until it drains freely. Reassemble the black rubber strainer and plug in the disposal once clean. Be sure not to put potatoe peelings and other non-disposable items which can't be ground up easily in the garbage disposal. Keep in mind, just because it says garbage disposal, it doesn't mean all "garbage." Also, always use plenty of water when using the disposal and allow the water to run for a minute or so afterwards to finish washing down the debris in the sink "P" trap drain out through the outer sewer line.
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.
It would appear there is a blockage (a clog) in the disposal. You might try "FIRST" unplugging the disposal from under the sink. Put a piece of masking tape over the switch to secure it in the "OFF" position. Then remove the black rubber strainer from sink leading down into the disposal. (just pull it out by hand) Clean out all debris by hand. Put the removed debris in the trash can. Run hot water down into the disposal assuring it to drain properly. Do not put items into the disposal which cannot be ground up easily such as potato peelings and meat products.
follow this steps and fix it. God bless you lear a clogged (not stopped) sink or bathtub with a plunger:
If you have a dishwasher, pinch off the rubber dishwasher drain hose
that leads to the garbage disposer using a clamp or locking pliers. If
clearing a bathtub, remove the drain stopper and cover the overflow
opening with a wet rag.
Remove the sink basket or tub stopper and clean any debris from the drain opening.
Fill the sink or tub with sufficient water to cover the plunger cup,
usually about 2 inches. If you are working on a double sink, seal the
other sink with a stopper so the plunger can create a vacuum.
Set the plunger on the drain opening and repeatedly pump it up and
down, then pull away sharply to dislodge debris. Repeat if necessary.
Turn on warm or hot water to flush loosened debris from the drain.
If the clog remains, use an auger (see below) or an expansion nozzle (see below) to clear the drain.
Clear a clog using an auger:
Remove the stopper or strainer. If unable to do so, disassemble the
drain trap (see below) and feed the auger directly through the pipe.
Make sure you have a pail and rags nearby in case of a water spill.
Release the setscrew on the auger and begin feeding the cable into the open drain.
Once the auger tip hits the clog, set the screw and crank the auger clockwise to break up the clog.
Continue breaking up the clog and moving it down the drain line with
the auger. Once there is no more resistance to forward motion of the
auger, stop and carefully remove the auger.
If the clog can't be moved, continue twisting the auger to possibly snag and retract the clog.
Once the clog is cleared, flush the drain with boiling water.
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.
Take apart the tubular drain pipes beneath sink and clean out everything. Take photos before removing pipes so parts go back together easily. Loosen 2 nuts on trap, and trap falls loose. Remove 2 bolts/screws and remove tailpiece from side of disposal. Then run snake down drain line leading away from sink to make sure blockage is removed.
There is something binding up the garbage disposal. Make sure the power switch is off and trip the breaker for that circuit too! Use a broom handle, plunger handle or something similar and use it to try and turn the inside of the disposal. By prying between the sink opening and any raised surface on the bottom of the inside of the disposal with the broom handle you may be able to break it free. This sometimes takes considerable force so be careful not to smack yourself if the broom handle slips. It may take several attempts. Once you can get the disposal to turn, check inside for any debris that may have been forced back into the disposal and remove it before restoring power and testing the disposal is functioning properly. Repeat the process if it begins working normally and suddenly binds up again. There may be additonal debris in the unit.
Clean out the drain and see if that helps. Remove both nuts on p-trap and trap falls loose. Remove tailpiece from side of disposal. Hang rag over disposal opening so it directs water downward. Run water and turn on disposal. Turn off disposal and use coat hanger to remove debris if necessary.
shut off the power supply to start, open the cabnit and look under the unit there should be a resess in the center where you can fit an allen wrench into and turn to check for debris in the unit. Work it back and forth to loosen any possible abstruction. Turn the power back on and try the switch if this doesnt work you need to remove the trap from the drain underneath the sink. Its a U shape piece of pipe that catches debris in it and prevents sewer gas from entering the home.
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.