garbage disposal piping resized 600A garbage disposal ruined the football playoffs for me. I was at a party and during the game someone was making asparagus and decided it would be a good idea to throw the stalks down the garbage disposal…lots of asparagus. Well it didn’t take long for the sink to start backing up. Well, the owner of the house asked me to look at it and I knew exactly what to do…wait until halftime.

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Throwing things down the disposal is tricky business. Some items pass and some cause the sink to back up. Grab a bucket and slightly disassemble the fittings enough to where the water from the sink will drain into the bucket. Then you can get to work.

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If the sink is backing up only on the disposal side, you know that the clog is isolated to that side. Start taking apart the slip fittings until you find the restrictor pipe. It generally is placed in a horizontal position and carries waste into a pipe in a vertical position. A common place is where the disposal waste pipe joins the trap, but depending on your sink, it may be located elsewhere. It doesn’t matter though, remove pipes until you find it. You will know the right pipe because it will be heavier than the others due to a bunch of asparagus (or whatever went down your sink) sitting in it.

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You can tap the pipe against the floor and watch the gobs of stuff come out of it. When it is clear, just reassemble the piping in the same manner that you took it apart.

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