Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be fixed if you can identify the part that's leading to the problem.
If you find a worn out or leaky part, put in a new one. Don’t use plumber’s putty to plug cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Deterioration on the seals
- Loose pipes
- Flanges or gaskets that have dried out and broken
- Breaks in the garbage disposal body
Some disposals are connected to the dishwasher, which provides self-cleaning. This area often experiences leaks as well.
These malfunctions can be fixed except for cracks in the body or interior lining of the disposal. If this is your problem, you will need to get a new garbage disposal.
It can take a DIYer a lot of time to diagnose and make simple repairs, so include that in the cost when attempting to tackle the problem without professional help.
Having a skilled technician like one from Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning diagnose and fix the problem can help catch other components that may be about to go out. That way, you won’t end up repairing the same disposal two weeks later.