Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mome and Google take care of the Kitchen Sink

Yesterday, Puddin' Pop woke with a terrible cold.  Stuffy and coughing and achy all over.  She is NOT A FAN of any liquid medication.  She can take pills just fine, but liquids make her gag.  I went to Rite Aid to see what I could find to help her feel a little better.  Seriously?  Have they quit making the melt-aways, or anything that does not come in a liquid form?  It took me forever to look through all of the options, and in the end, I still came home with a grape liquid,  the least offending flavor.

Since we were obviously staying home for the day, I decided to get ahead for the week and get some cooking done.  I made some mashed potatoes (her requested comfort food), some mac and cheese,  a batch of cheesy chicken and rice and some spicy chicken for quesadillas.  While the oven and stove were rocking with food, I decided to clean out the fridge.  Just as I finished cleaning all the leftover containers and packaged up the newly made food, the sink started to back up.  It would go down if I ran the disposal, but would come back up when I turned it off.  We're not talking just a little.  We're talking, about to overflow to the floor, back up.

way too close to over-flowing

I tried plunging, several times over about an hour... no luck.

I tried pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain while the disposal was running, and then putting in the drain plug... after about 5 minutes, the pressure from the back up would push the plug out and water would again fill the sink.

I googled it and came up with this...


The first 2 steps were the ones I had already tried, the third suggested using the baking soda and vinegar and pouring boiling water behind it.  I put on a pot of water and got ready for my final attempt before calling maintenance.  Step 4 was taking apart the pipes and that was NOT something I was willing to take on.

It Worked!

Just after pouring the boiling water into the drain, after the baking soda and vinegar and with the disposal running, I turned off the disposal and nothing came back up.

Yay Me!

30 minutes later, maintenance came to my door to ask if I was having problems with my sink.  I told him I had, and how I had fixed it.  Apparently the neighbors are on the same pipe line and were having the same problem.  He filled my sink and lugged it, went back next door and ran their disposal.  He said the baking soda and vinegar I had used just needed to get into their side and the whole thing was fixed.  Took less than 5 minutes for him to fix theirs.  I had spent close to 2 hours on mine.

Where do I send my bill?

1 comment:

  1. Hope Puddin' Pop is feeling better.

    Fun times with the sink. I've had that happen before and it sucks! You'll have to remember your cure in case if happens again!


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