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How mom and daughter fix and repair nasty, smelly, clogged up kitchen sink

Updated on September 9, 2011
Yes! We did it.
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Oh baby what is that smell?

Abby told me her kitchen sink was clogged up and starting to smell a bit. She mentioned that her and boyfriend Matt had made an attempt at fixing it with Liquid Plumber and availed nothing. I am married to a plumber so I offered my husbands services. David just loves it when I do that. Abby said, 'the landlord will be over tomorrow with her plumber, the son in law to fix the sink, so we can wait.'

I do not know how many days passed in between that conversation and walking into her house. I would guess two or three. I walked in and thought I would be ill.The smell took over my senses and overwhelmed me. I really thought I would fall over or be sick, possibly both. Abby told me I was a bit dramatic. Just to think my daughter thinks I may act out a little bit. We had to laugh but we both agreed the smell was horrific. Similar to trash that sat way to long in the hot heat. The dishes were piling up. it was obvious the landlord did not show up as he intended.

'We can fix this Abby, I have seen David do this time after time.' They have a baby so what is a grandma to do? I went to the Dollar Store around the corner and ran in and got two generic liquid plumbers , 16 ounces each. In minutes I was back in the house with the goods.

Step 1. Safety first. Make 100% sure the Garbage disposal wall unit is turned OFF. Abby got out the rubber gloves and the toilet plunger. We each tied a bandanna around our face. The smell was nasty. The grease was floating on top and under the Grey brown water. A few dishes were piled from the original clogged drain. 'Yuck', was all I could say. After removing the dishes Abby and I took turns pulling stuff from the drain and placing the remnants into a doubled, large plastic bag. It was a blessing the baby was sleeping or I would have been digging out the remains of food myself.

Step 2. I open and pour each bottle of 16 ounce generic liquid plumber down the sink. I figure if one is good, then two are better! Then Abby and I took turns and plunged away at the drain, putting allot of effort into the motion. We let it sit around ten minutes and took a break. The directions said to run hot water down the sink but since it was near full of water that instruction bypassed. Upon returning we could see the plumber was working and disintegrated the grease and other food elements.

Step 3. I took the plunger and turned it upside down to the stick end. I delved it into the sink and put the stick inside the drain. I lodged it into the disposal part and turned it at 300 degrees and around, and back and forth in a half circle. The water seemed to be draining a bit more. We needed the garbage disposal. We said a prayer. God is all or nothing and Abby and I agreed He was right there with us. We hoped to save the landlord money for a garbage disposal. It was obvious he would not be in a big hurry to get it installed.

Step 4. After turning the garbage disposal again and pulling out other food chunks the true test of time would tell. I was able to run hot water down the sink for about a minute.

Step 5. I opened the cupboard door under the sink. I mentioned to Abby,"watch this.' I have been around a few years so have this down pat. Make sure the garbage disposal switch on the wall outlet is still OFF. The garbage disposal has a red button at the bottom of the unit. Push the button in and out around ten times to prime it up.

Step 6. Turn on the cold water and cross your fingers. Turn on the switch and hopefully the garbage disposal will run in normal mode. If not, pump the sink with the plunger while the cold water is running and prime the garbage disposal again.

Yes! The repair worked. On came the disposal loud and clear. I believe Abby and I surprised ourselves. I was really wondering if the sink would need a new disposal. Oh me, woman of little faith. We praised God, gave out three or four cheers and prided ourselves in a job well done.

I told Abby all of 22 years old about grease going down the drain. A no no. I think everyone does slip on occasion and pours it down but over time it adds up and could be a costly repair meaning a garbage disposal and or pipes to repair or cupboards to replace and then some.

So Abby now knows how to repair a clogged drain. Get the rubber gloves, plunger, Drano and save a few bucks on Plumber costs or waiting on your man or landlord to fix and repair. Pass this along and pay it forward, please.

Hey plumbers with all these articles on Plumbing tips I hope you do not run yourselves out of business. JK.

My Love,

In Christ, Skye

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hiyah Skye,

      You have a great attitude and your humility and steadfastness are definitely noteworthy. To answer your question, I did enter a competition last year, and was chosen, along with a few others from a pool of 66,000 other poets( so I was told, though I took their figures with a pinch of salt lol! ), to appear in a Poetry Diary to be published in 2014 - guess I was just fortunate that time. You're a good writer Skye, and perhaps should keep it going - I recall reading once about how so many famous writers were turned down at their first attempt; it was quite a long list!

      I do sympathize about living in some inadequate residencies, to say the least - I bounced around some pretty awful flea-pits on my travels. It's good to hear that your daughter has landed herself somewhere decent and salubrious, and yeah, perhaps we never do graduate like you say....growing, maturing, hopefully from strength to strength; you did pretty well fixing that mess - all power to you both.

      It's always a pleasure dropping by to see what you're up to dear sis, and am very fond of you, and the joy you bring to me and many other folk which you encounter upon your road less travelled.

      Thank you for your always, kind blessings which you richly deserve in return in overflowing measure that cannot be held.

      With great affection in His love,

      Your bro R.Q.

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Romeos Quill. I wrote this as hubs was having some sort of writing contest to do with plumbing skills and or experience. My hub did not make it. Oh woe is me, keep going. JK. I have since stopped with the hub writing contests. I am not in a popularity contest. God does the sending. I keep working at it. Amen. It was fun entering the few times I did. a few times. tee hee. By the way Romeos have you entered any of your poetry? Just curious, because your work is impeccable and unlike any I have read.

      I so recall that day 2 plus years ago, by now? Thank God my daughter is out t of that infested rental. Oh she so loved that home, at first. Me on the other hand was like oh my goodness, yikes. Talk about biting my tongue off to remain quiet. She was determined. There was lots of work and the landlord did very little to help if any. She moved on a year later to a nice, bright, modern and clean apartment where they fix anything that comes apart! Anyway moving on we all need to go though what we do to grow in understanding and wisdom. Glory to God. We never do graduate right. We just keep on and on, growing. It is not always easy!

      We laughed that day and thought we were pretty cool to fix the mess. With God all things are possible. His grace is sufficient.

      Thank You so much for stopping in. You are such a sweetheart Mr. Romeos Quill. I too pray your day is Blessed in abundance of favor. You are a gem in His chest of treasures brother. and I love ya. Your sister, Skye

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Paying it forward dear Skye and a big pat on the back for a job well done :)

      Absolutely; no grease down the tubes - lost count the amount of fetid pipes I've had to unscrew and clean domestically.

      Hope today is unravelling in your favour sis, and that your forthcoming week shall be one of splendour and love.

      With Warm Regards to you and kin,


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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      billybuc hello bro thanks for stopping into the neighborhood. With God all things are possible. He is our helper. Love n peace bill. Your sister in Christ Jesus.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great tip my friend and I can attest that it does work. My uncle taught me that one a long time ago and it still applies today. Great hub told by a quality person!

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      mekenzie hellos sweet one. Yes woman. It is awesome to see you. Praise God He hears our prayers in all things. He gets the Glory. I am grateful we followed through. Hugs to you and your sista In Christ Jesus.

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      Susan Ream 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hello Sweet Skye, Leave it to a woman to get something like this through to another woman. I could visually follow you and join you and your daughter as you found a solution. Excellent job Sista' ... You taught me some things I never knew.

      Hugs and Love to you dear one.


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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Ramarajo sister Blessings! All Glory to GOD. Love you thank you for stoping over. Hugs always. I will visit you soon. (-;

      AE Evans I am Blessed by the Lord. He was with us in the midst. I must get over to read your fix up hub. Thank u for stopping over for a read. Hugs aeevans.

      K9keystroke Teamwork yes sister you got it indeed. Me, my daugther and God. He gave the wisdom, we asked HE delieved. I should put Him in the title. Hugs to you. Nice to see you at my hub. I must come and visit your reads. I will do that. Hugs k9

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      voice ciw how awesome to see you bro. You are so precious. You know this is a God story. He was in our midst. It was by the Holy Spirit we were led. He got the credit. He is all or nothing He is everywhere in everything. This was a huge witness to Abby my daughter. Our prayer of agreement gave us the knowledge to fix. Glory to God always and forever. Love you IN Christ Jesus. Your sister. ( - ; This was written for the coins to clogs contest. I hope God touches many. He can an would if HE were sought. Cheers.

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Paradise7 Nice to see you!! Yes it was the landlords problem but another thing is when would he get there? He was in no hurry. Praise God it is fixed and cost two bucks rather then a whole lot more $, if a plumber had been called. Many Blessings on your journey. Hugs to you.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Love that when God helps us with stuff like that. It is like our faith in that the temptation is to give up and assume there is nothing we can do. But with God all things are possible.

      Good testimony of not giving up and using what God has given and shown to us.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Glad you could get it done for your daughter! What a negligent landlord--it was the landlord's problem, really. I've put grease down the garbage disposal, running LOTS of VERY HOT (boiled from the teakettle) water and not had a problem with that. Maybe I've been very lucky, or very blessed, and didn't know it until now!

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Talk about figuring things out! Enjoyed the story and yes all of us do on occasion pour grease down the drain. lololo! Thanks for the great advice too! :)

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      VOICE CIW 6 years ago

      God bless you skye2day, you are very resourceful, and this hub is very informative for those who have plumbing problems, and for those that just want to have general knowledge on clearing plumbing pipes. I am used to commenting on hubs in regard to God, but when I saw it was my Sister in Christ, I said I am going to read this hub and encourage my Sister. Stay blessed, I love you in the Lord.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      A great plumbing story! What a worthy bit of advice and ingenuity. Very resourceful plumbing partners, you make a good team!



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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Rev Lady U can do it cheaply Phil 4:13 Love ya sista. Thanks for coming over.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I will certainly do as you prescribed Skye as my sink need a serious overhaul (cheaply). Thanks for this timely tip.

      Love ya!

      Forever His

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      skye 6 years ago

      goldie77 Thank you for stopping by. Skye and summer I like that. Must get over for a read sweet one. Hugs Galore sister.

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      goldie77 6 years ago from Scotland

      good for you skye

      did I tell you my first puppy is Skye and my second one is Summer

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Sir Dent Thank You Nice to see you! Blessigs Brother.

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      anginwu Hey sister. nice to see you. I must get over for a read!! Amazing what one can do when one needs to. Hugs Galore. Thank You. (-;

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Good work--your daughter must be glad she has such a handy mom. Rated up.

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      SirDent 6 years ago

      It is fine. I did that myself a few times. You can delete my previous comments if you want. I won't mind.