07:06AM | 06/19/05
Member Since: 09/18/03
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I have a major clog in my kitchen sink. I've gone to hardware stores and bought several different types of plungers. None has worked. Is there a drain cleaner available that can be used in a sink with a garbage disposal? Will regular drain cleaners (e.g. DRANO, Liquid Plumber, etc.) harm the garbage disposal if I use one of them? Thanks.


10:23AM | 06/19/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
But we had a similar problem and the plumber got it with LOTS of elbow grease and a standard toilet plunger. He was relentless with that plunger, going back and forth from plunging to trying the disposal and back again. LOTS of elbow grease ...


10:25AM | 06/19/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
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Also lots of runs with buckets from the sink to the toilet. We had to dump the sink water somewhere ...


07:01PM | 06/19/05
Member Since: 09/18/03
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Thanks. I'll keep plunging!


05:30AM | 06/22/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
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The one thing about plunging, that makes it more effective, is if you close off one compartment of the sink with a wrag stuffed into the strainer. Someone needs to hold it (no drain cleaner) while your plunging. Then the pressure is put against the clog, instead of diverted up the other side of the sink. In addition, if the clog is down the drain past the vent, no amount of plunging will uncork it. You will need either a hand snake or an electric snake. I much prefer the Roto-Rooter type snake, as it completely removes the clog. Grease and sludge clogs cannot be removed by plunging. All you do is pop a hole through the center. A drain snake uses blades to scrape all of the gunk to the full interior diameter of the pipe. That is the only way to be clog free for a longer period of time.

By the way, a word on drain cleaners. Try not to use acid type drain cleaners like draino and liquid plumber. They eat right through metal piping. If your pipes are galvanized, cast iron or copper, you will be replacing your piping as holes will develop. In addition, acid drain cleaners are unsafe for our environment. They polute and destroy groundwater. Water, that you will eventually be drinking. All water eventually reaches the underground water tables, taking with it any polutant we put into the ground. If you have to use a drain cleaner, use an enzyme type. They are non-hazardous so far. And they are not for cleaning the drain, but keeping it clean once cleaned by a Roto-Rooter machine.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


06:40AM | 06/22/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
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I forgot that part. The plumber was holding a stop over the other side the whole time. He was plunging like crazy with one hand.


08:51AM | 06/22/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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If you have a sink stoppage it will either be in the traps or in the drain line.

If it is in the drain line the vent will "T in" close by, usually just within the wall. And any plunging is will just push water up and down the vent pipe and not apply any pressure on the blockage.

And if it is in the trap then it is very easy to open the trap.

Unless the trap was very old metal and showed corrosion I would not even bother with a plunger.


05:13PM | 06/24/05
Member Since: 09/18/03
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I'm having a little bit of trouble understanding the instructions regarding the sink (sorry). I have a single sink with a single drain. What should I "block" while I'm plunging? Could somebody please draw me a mental picture? Don't mean to be dense.
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