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pmikkelsen

09:32AM | 12/18/06
Member Since: 12/17/06
2 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have a new Sears (3/4 hp continuous feed) garbage disposal installed in my new double sink. I have noticed that fumes -- NOT sewer fumes but fumes relating to the food being ground up -- sometimes emanate from the drain. In the case of hot peppers, it can be quite irritating to the nose! This is not my first experience with a garbage disposal, but it is the first time I have noticed smells coming from the drain. Any idea what's causing this? BTW, I know to run water during operation...

Sylvan

07:19AM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1531 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Try pouring some hydrogen peroxide as it may kill the odor causing bacteria and it is a lot safer then bleach

pmikkelsen

08:51AM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 12/17/06
2 lifetime posts
I appreciate the response. Actually, the smell emanates WHILE I am using the disposal (not afterward), and generally is directly related to whatever I am grinding up. I have never experienced this before, and wondered if the disposal was not installed properly. It's kind of like the way you sometimes sneeze when shaking pepper on food. If I am grinding up hot peppers, sneeze-producing fumes come up from the drain. Is this weird?

Sylvan

12:57PM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1531 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Try filling the sink with the stopper in with regular tap water warm would be ok.

Then let the water down and see if you get a gurgling sound.

If you get excessive gurgling or large bubbles back the probability is either a bad vent of sluggish drain.

You should also consider letting cold water run as the disposal is being used a few seconds before dumping in peppers or onions....
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