Asked on Jan 19, 2018

How to unclog pipes from mushy pasta

by Veronica
So, I tried my hand at cooking Chow Mein at home...didn't come out quite right on top of that I over boiled the noodles, got frustrated, tossed them down the disposal and clogged pipes. I've tried hot water, vinegar and baking luck, needless to say, it was a pretty good size of pasta, HELP, sigh

  6 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 19, 2018
    I would take the P-trap off with a bucket underneath. If there is alot of gunk still in the disposal, I would pull the plug, and get a kitchen glove and get it all out. If that doesn't work you may need RotoRouter. Can't tell you how many times as an apartment manager people gunk up their disposals..... especially at holidays with potato peels.

  • Maureen Barringer Maureen Barringer on Jan 19, 2018
    use ( degreaser once every 6 months to clean all house pipes & will not hurt your g-disposal

  • Maureen Barringer Maureen Barringer on Jan 19, 2018
    I for got to tell you 1/4 cup to use good luck - I learned this trick by a plummer 10 yrs ago

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 19, 2018
    I would do as Sharon suggested. There is a chance the clog is in the traps under the sink. My mom's plumbing under her sink was put in wrong and the disposal side gets clogged all the time. I take apart the pipes and clean them out and she is ready to go. Make sure that you have the disposal empty. You really want a bucket under the pipes when you loosen them, water and gunk will start coming out right away. Clean out the gunk. Put the pipes back on, take a picture before you take them apart if you think you will have a hard time getting everything back together the right way. Run hot water down the pipes to make sure everything is running down the pipes ok and nothing under the sink is leaking. If everything is running down the drain, it is time to make sure all the gunk and starch is out of the pipes. Put a quarter cup of baking soda down the disposal and the other side also. Put a cup of vinegar down both sides and let it fizz until it stops. Pour a gallon of water down the sink drains, trying to divide it between both sides to do a final rinse. If you were to take apart the pipes again, they would be really clean. If it doesn't stop the clog, try one more time, if it doesn't work, it is time to consult the pros. My friend who is a plummer worked on a deep clog we had that was almost out of the house in the basement, was really impressed by how clean the pipes were, he said he was going to start doing it in his own house to keep the pipes open and clean, and would pass it on to some of his clients.

  • Veronica Veronica on Jan 20, 2018
    Thank you for the replies?? Yes, ultimately, I've had to remove the P-trap...

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jan 20, 2018
    Lots of good tips, Nancy Turner. I would rearrange to say, first, draw a bucket of water. Second, take a photo of the pipes. Third, turn off the water to the pipes. Etc. I like your plumber story, too. ☺️