A leaking garbage disposal is not just a hassle, but it’s also a mess and can also lead to other problems if left unfixed. If you’re inexperienced in house improvement work, diagnosing the source of the leak might look like quite an obstacle. Make your life simpler with the assistance of the information below.
If you’re wondering how to fix a leaking garbage disposal, you’ll need to first search for the location to see specifically where the leak is originating from. Prior to beginning the search for the leak, you’ll need to take some safety and preparation measures.
Turn the trash disposal off totally and unplug the unit.
Turn on the water and fill the sink a little less than half full. Take a bottle of food coloring, the brighter, the better, and put a couple of drops in the sink of water. Search the bottom of your sink and try to find any leaks. The leakage might be originating from a variety of different locations either from your sink itself or on your garbage disposal itself.
Another location for you to look at is the connection on the drain tube. However, you’ll need to turn on your dishwasher to discover this leak. If you do not find the leak in either of those areas, you’ll then want to look at the area where the drain line and garbage disposal connect in addition to below the waste disposal unit system.
Once you’ve found the source you can do a few things to try and alleviate the problem.
Is your garbage disposal leaking from the top?
Garbage disposals are connected to your sink with a flange and/or plumber’s putty. This seal can degrade and loosen over time. It can also leak if the garbage disposal is hit hard enough to loosen the seal.
This happens from overstuffing things under the sink or by accident while doing other plumbing work. To fix it you’ll have to reseal the drain.
Is your garbage disposal leaking from the bottom?
The most likely issue for this is inside the unit itself. In this case, you would need to replace the garbage disposal.
Leak coming from the sides?
The leak may be coming from where the drain lines connect. You’ll see two connections on the side of your garbage disposal. The smaller hose is where your dishwasher drains into the disposal. The larger pipe coming out lower down is the drain out of the disposal to your sewer.
Tighten up the screws and seals to try and alleviate this type of leak.
If it seems like you’re in over your head, or nothing you try eliminates the leak, then it’s best left to professionals. Turn off the water so you aren’t suffering more water damage and call in an appliance repair pro.
Whether it’s a leaking garbage disposal, finicky fridge, or anything else in your home, Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is here to help.
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