A garbage disposal leaking can become a stinky situation quickly or even worse. It can result in major water damage. You can act immediately by learning how to fix a garbage disposal that is leaking. You can handle the situation before it makes a mess of your kitchen.
Various signs that a garbage disposal leaks:
- Flooding coming from below the sink
- A damp, mushy cabinet under the sink
- Leaking sound from below your sink when you run the disposal
- Spoiled or rotten food smell from the cabinet below the sink
Know how to recognize the location of the leak:
- Take away all items from the cabinet underneath the sink. Place a bowl or bucket below the sink to catch any bits of food or water. That may appear during the repair.
- Disconnect the disposal, stop the sink drain. Using a few inches of water, fill the sink basin to identify where the leak can be found.
- Check below the sink while the sink is blocked. Remove the stopper once the leak seems to have stopped. And check for a leak at the dishwasher hose. The water lines come from the wall or the drain from the end of the disposal.
Tips to help you fix the leak of garbage disposal:
- Leaking from the Bottom
- The seal inside of the garbage disposal may be cracked. These internal fasten tend to wear out with time. You may need to install a new garbage disposal. Unless your disposal is still on its warranty, the effort, time, and cost of repairing the internal seal are not worth it. And you may end up changing the appliance.
- Leaking from the Top
- Mostly, this means your putty is worn or your sink flange and no longer holds the seal. These seals internally tend to wear out with time. By that time, you will have to unfasten the disposal appliance. Clean off the worn-out putty or take away the flange before. Then reseal with a fresh plumber’s putty or new flange.
- Leaking from the Side
- This leakage usually comes from the place where the drain lines are associated with the side of the garbage disposal. Try using a screwdriver in this case to secure the metal clamp. That links the lines from the disposal to the dishwasher. Another way is to tighten the screws in the main drain line. Or you have to restore the rubber gasket. You can also check online and watch tutorials on how to fix the garbage disposal leak.