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Help - blocked sink

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GuarGumDisaster · 11/09/2020 15:34

Named changed as so identifying!
Poured guar gum down the waste disposal and ran it - v old pot and wanted to recycle the tin!
Why 😭😱😭
Now totally totally blocked. Impenetrable gel
Has anyone else been silly enough to do this and know how to unblock it?
It won't dissolve
I've tried
Fairy liquid
Water - hot, cold, iced
Salt
Sugar
Vinegar
Bicarb
Kitchen spray cleaner .....

Anyone???

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GuarGumDisaster · 11/09/2020 15:41

@PigletJohn - are you around?

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TheSpottedZebra · 11/09/2020 15:42

What were you using g it for? And why had you out in a fancy pot?

Have you tried plunging, or unscrewing the drain hole thing and u-bend and scraping the worst of it out? Where is the blockage ?

All the stuff you've put on it -has that drained down?

I'd try a hardcore acid drain unblocker if I couldn't manually dig it out.

chickenortheegg · 11/09/2020 15:44

I would turn the water and electricity off and start unscrewing the pipes under the sink. (I'm assuming that's how waste disposals are plumbed in) Hopefully you can manually remove the blockage

GuarGumDisaster · 11/09/2020 16:17

@TheSpottedZebra
It wasn't in a fancy tin - I was going to throw the whole thing out then thought I should recycle the pot it was in.
And stupidly I put it down the waste disposal instead of putting it in the bin.
Not sure why relevant but I tried it in gluten free cooking but it didn't work for me.
For most of the list I tried dissolving some bits of the gunk in a glass bowl.
Otherwise for water, I've just scooped it out!

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GuarGumDisaster · 11/09/2020 16:17

@TheSpottedZebra
Can't use hard core drain unblocker as it's in the waste disposal not the sink drain!

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GuarGumDisaster · 11/09/2020 16:18

@chickenortheegg
Thanks - yes - I suspect that will be the only way. I was hoping I could dissolve it somehow and flush it through.

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LittleBlueRidingBoot · 11/09/2020 16:26

Dri-Pak (in the washing powder aisle in supermarket) soda crystals and hot water.
www.dri-pak.co.uk/cleaning-plug-holes-and-drains/

GuarGumDisaster · 11/09/2020 17:41

Thanks - safe on a waste disposal?
It's totally blocked - not a drip gets through 😒

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FudgeBrownie2019 · 11/09/2020 17:43

Switch off the water, put a bucket under the pipes and remove them, poking the nonsense out with a chopstick or skewer.

PigletJohn · 11/09/2020 19:50

yes - taking the trap out may help. Fill a bucket with very hot water before you start and don't absent-mindedly turn on a tap or tip anything into the sink.

I'd alsp buy a plumbers snake to poke down the pipes, and a sink pump. If you can get any water flowing down the drain, it will probably slowly wash the stuff away.

Don't use any fierce drain chemicals because you may need a plumber to work on it, and she won't want to be splashed with caustic.

You can use washing soda crystals but nothing stronger.

If you get a plumber, tell them truthfully what you have done.

PigletJohn · 11/09/2020 19:56

if you expect ever again to have a blocked drain or an overflowing bath, a wet-and-dry builders vac like this will suck out drains or suck the water off floors and carpets. It is quite noisy.

Very useful for building work as it will suck up builders dust, grit and broken brick or plaster, which will ruin a domestic vac.

GuarGumDisaster · 12/09/2020 13:02

Ok - it's clear.
Ran it with sugar to soften gum and normal kitchen cleaner.
The guar gum in the pipe was impenetrable - nothing went down - but the stuff in the waste disposal gradually broken down and came back up into the sink with the water so I scooped it out and repeated over many hours until clear.
We then took apart the pipes and scooped the pipes out.
A small tub of gum produced a huge amount of gel.
Thanks for the suggestions and help.
Will definitely look at one of those wet/dry vacuums.

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