Kitchen Drain FIASCO! Please HELP!

Discussion in 'General Plumbing Help' started by Distressed, Nov 27, 2017.

Help Support Plumbing Forums by donating using the link above.
  1. Nov 27, 2017 #1

    Distressed

    Distressed

    Distressed

    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ,
    So I'm a college student visiting my younger sister and pops for Thanksgiving around their house.

    My sister (10) hates the friggin oatmeal my dad makes her eat so she she threw it down the kitchen drain (not knowing what happens) one morning. She doesn't wanna tell the pops (obv) and told me and I don't know what to do at all.

    Here's what I see:
    - a lot of clumps of oatmeal when I lift the rubber thingy and peer down the sink.
    - Metal parts which I assume are the garbage disposer.

    Here's what I hear:
    - Normally I would hear whirring sounds when the garbage disposer is running as if something where get chopped/shredded.
    - Now I hear a loud ringing sound of metal as if something is stuck or not moving everytime I on it.

    HELP! What can I do? How bad is this? I heard oatmeal is like friggin glue! Will vinegar and baking soda work? What quantities and do I have to heat stuff up?

    ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED!
     
  2. Nov 27, 2017 #2

    havasu

    havasu

    havasu

    Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2010
    Messages:
    8,957
    Likes Received:
    1,170
    Location:
    Southern California,
    Look under the disposal. Most have a hex keyway at the bottom. If you have one, hook a hex tool and move it back and forth, which may free the disposal and allow to turn. Once working, AND with alot of water, you may get that oatmeal to push down the drain.
     
  3. Nov 27, 2017 #3

    SHR

    SHR

    SHR

    Member Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2014
    Messages:
    617
    Likes Received:
    288
    Location:
    , Minnesota
    Check if she threw her spoon in to the disposal with the oatmeal. UNPLUG or shut off power to the disposal prior to digging around in the oatmeal mess.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2017 #4

    specgrade

    specgrade

    specgrade

    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    ,
    Boiling hot water. Check for spoon. Scold sister.
     
    wayneskid likes this.
  5. Dec 4, 2017 #5

    Mr_David

    Mr_David

    Mr_David

    Easily Amused Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,868
    Likes Received:
    930
    Location:
    Santee,Ca,
    It's been a week since original post. probably resolved it or just went back to school.
     
    SHR likes this.
  6. Dec 13, 2017 #6

    Distressed

    Distressed

    Distressed

    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ,
    No, I'm back for Christmas break :/ Problem still not fixed. Here is what I did.

    -I stuck my hand in from the top and cleaned all visible oatmeal and threw it out.
    -Cleaned any other gunk.
    -poured hot water down the drink.


    What to do now?
     
  7. Dec 13, 2017 #7

    SHR

    SHR

    SHR

    Member Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2014
    Messages:
    617
    Likes Received:
    288
    Location:
    , Minnesota
    Replace the disposal.
     
  8. Dec 13, 2017 #8

    havasu

    havasu

    havasu

    Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2010
    Messages:
    8,957
    Likes Received:
    1,170
    Location:
    Southern California,
    You may have a red reset button on the bottom of the disposal. If so, push and try it again.
     

Share This Page