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Old 01-31-2020, 12:08 PM
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Perhaps someone has the solution to this problem. We have lived in both the Lantana and Iris model homes. Those models (and I am sure others) have a connection from the disposal to the main drain that frequently clogs. While I am becoming quite proficient with the disassembly and reassembly of the plastic piping to clean out the jam there must be a better solution. The connector to the main drain has a "deflector" which directs the flow downward, and also causes the problem since it minimizes the pipe size. Does any one have a solution?
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:15 PM
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I guess the answer to your question depends on what you're trying to grind in the disposal. If you're trying to grind up anything on the "don't do that" list, then - don't do that.

If it's anything else, a talk with the plumber might be in order. If it's a new home, you have a new home warranty and can call it in for this.
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:29 PM
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I have never had a problem with the deflector. I assume you have unclogged the disposal using the disposal wrench and pressed the reset button. I would try filling the sink with hot water and running the disposal. Also, never run the disposal without running the water at the same time. Another thing to check would be the "automatic vent" if you have one. It is a pipe that connects above the trap and terminates just below the underside of the countertop. You can remove it and make sure that it is providing proper venting.
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:37 PM
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Jammed means its frozen, clogged means water is backing up--make sure of what you're putting in the disposal,

we got rid of the builders line disposal--put in a 3 stage 1 hp insinkerator, its been problem free grinds up everything, super fine
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:08 PM
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Perhaps someone has the solution to this problem. We have lived in both the Lantana and Iris model homes. Those models (and I am sure others) have a connection from the disposal to the main drain that frequently clogs. While I am becoming quite proficient with the disassembly and reassembly of the plastic piping to clean out the jam there must be a better solution. The connector to the main drain has a "deflector" which directs the flow downward, and also causes the problem since it minimizes the pipe size. Does any one have a solution?
Plumbers call Disposals "A plumbers best friend"
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:18 PM
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Love garbage disposals but afraid to use it since the brussel sprouts spilled and jammed it up. Just before I had to catch my flight. I will get a stronger unit, that “micro shreds” stuff before I am comfortable using it. Any suggestions for a higher quality disposal?
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:50 PM
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Insinkerator Evolution, 1 HP 3 stage--simply the best
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Old 01-31-2020, 02:55 PM
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Insinkerator Evolution, 1 HP 3 stage--simply the best
Sounds good. I will look for one.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:57 PM
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If it gets stuck, like it won't move, besure the switch is off (or unplug it if you are not sure) use two short wooden broom handles and used to turn the jam.
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:14 PM
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Wrong there is an offset allen style wrench that will fit on the base of the rotor, insert and try to free it--mack sure the switch is off, no need for Broom Handles with the proper tool-WOW
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:27 PM
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I guess the answer to your question depends on what you're trying to grind in the disposal. If you're trying to grind up anything on the "don't do that" list, then - don't do that.
Friend of mine who is a master plumber told me years ago that the best advice he could give me is "don't use it"
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:31 PM
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That’s why I want the industrial strength one. Because I would like to use it. Sounds like so would the OP.
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:11 AM
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Do not use the GD .. often..some items are naturally cloggers..make sure your running hot water through at the end.. lemons or orange rinds with ice cubes to freshen and sharpen blades..
Heavy items use a garbage bag.
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:25 AM
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For years, in several homes, I've removed the diverter piece of pipe, and replaced it with a straight piece without the diverter. Long time ago I discovered the diverter actually creates less pipe space for ground up stuff to exit the disposal unit. The function of the diverter is to potentially keep ground stuff from coming up into the other sink. However, I've never, repeat never, had a problem with food coming back into the other sink, even though I've removed the diverter.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:10 AM
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If it is jammed, use the hex wrench as previous folks have said. If just clogged, you do not have to disassemble . run water to fill up the disposal and simply use a regular plumbers plunger. I have one with a short handle under the sink for just this purpose. Works every tiime.
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