Reasons Your Garbage Disposal Is Leaking

Posted on: 4 February 2016

A garbage disposal is used often in the kitchen, whether it is for a large or small task. Keeping it running good is essential to make the job easier and keep the kitchen a healthy environment. If it starts leaking, bacteria and germs can have the potential to harm the entire family. You may also attract unwanted pests such as cockroaches or ants. The first step is locating the source of the leak by using some of the following tips.

Loose Sink Flange

The disposal unit is attached with the use of a screwed on the flange at the bottom of the sink. Over time, the screws may become loosened from the vibration and begin to leak. You should be able to tighten the screws if the leak seems to be from the top of the garbage disposal. However if the leak continues, you may need to call a plumber in to find the cause and locate the problem area.

Putty Issues

After you tighten the flange screws and still have a leak, it may be because the putty used to seal the flange may be weakened or eroded. You can reseal the flange with more plumbers' putty. Don't check for the leak until the putty is completely dry.

Damaged Pipe

You should begin by turning off the power supply to the unit before you check for leaks. The first step to check is the pipe connecting the unit to the sink, and will not require dismantling the disposal. The PVC pipe may be broken or cracked and will need to be replaced.

Faulty Gasket

A gasket is located between the blades of the unit and the sink, and may be frayed or cracked. You will need to dismantle the disposal and check the gasket to ensure it is still of good quality. If it is damaged, replace it, and reattach the garbage disposal unit. That is a simple remedy.

Dishwasher Connection

The clamp that connects from the dishwasher hose to the disposal unit may be loose. Simply, tighten it. If this doesn't work, you may need to replace the damaged hose from the dishwasher to stop the leak.

Disposal Unit Leaking from the Bottom

You have one final option if the unit is leaking from the bottom. As time passes, the internal parts may become damaged beyond repair. However, most disposals will last for 12 years if you have taken good care of it. You could fix the seals for a temporary fix, but it may be best to replace the disposal before you add more money and possibly not fix the problem.

With these steps, you may be fortunate and not have to replace the disposal unit, because they are expensive. It will depend on your budget and how much you use the unit. Consider the fact you may be chasing a problem with only a temporary fix. To learn more, contact a company like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating