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The Care and Feeding of the Garbage Disposal

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

The sink won’t drain. Or rather, it drains into the twin sink on the other side of the divider. Chemicals won’t bust through. Even the super handy husband taking apart the pipes under the sink and deploying a drain snake would not clear the slow draining clog.

It was our good fortune to find a great plumber: personable, efficient and clearly loves what he does. He arrived quickly and took care of the clog with his professional drain snake. His services cost less than anticipated, and the education he gave us was invaluable.

We have 3 worm bins for food waste and seldom use the disposal. How did we get a clogged drain? We were using our disposal like everyone else does. Run tap water and turn on the disposal. Our plumber said that the system requires more water, and thus more pressure, to flush the disposal and the pipes.

Plumber’s Instructions

1. Put your food waste in the disposal.

2. Place the black cap securely at the opening to the drain.

3. Run a sink half full of water.

4. Remove the plug and flip on the disposal until the water is gone.

According to the plumber, our disposal will last longer and the pipes will remain clear for longer. As great as he was, I will be happy not to call him again. Perhaps this could be viewed as Plumber Avoidance Protocol.

We can do this.

Disclaimer: I am not a plumber. Take action at your own risk.

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