How nice is it to toss leftovers down the drain, flip a switch, and chop them up? We know that we sure like it.
If you haven’t appreciated your garbage disposal in the past, you’ve probably started to if it’s leaking now.
A leaking garbage disposal is one of the most common problems we hear about. And lucky for you, it’s also one of the easiest to fix.
Why Is My Garbage Disposal Leaking?
We know it’s frustrating to have a leaking garbage disposal.
These are the most likely reasons why and also how to fix the problem:
1. The Sink Flange
Wondering what a flange is? You’re not alone. Your garbage disposal connects to your sink with a flange and plumber’s putty or screws. Over time, the seal can loosen.
To fix the problem, detach the garbage disposal, remove the old putty, and add new putty (if your unit uses plumber’s putty). If your unit uses screws, tighten or replace the screws.
2. Seal Is Broken
If your garbage disposal is leaking from the bottom, the most likely reason is that the seal is broken.
You could do a couple things to fix the problem.
One, you could take the garbage disposal apart and replace the seal, which may not last very long.
Or two, you could replace your garbage disposal. Option number two is the best long-term fix.
3. Loose Drain Lines
If your garbage disposal is leaking from the side, loose or broken lines may be the cause.
A series of drain lines connect on the side of your garbage disposal. The disposal line is connected to your dishwasher hose with a clamp and the main line is held together by screws.
Try tightening them with a screwdriver.
If that didn’t stop the leak, try replacing the line(s).
4. Old Garbage Disposal
If your garbage disposal is leaking from the reset button, your unit may be old.
If it’s old and leaking from the reset button, we recommend getting a new disposal.
If you have a new system and it’s leaking from the reset button, simply replace the reset button, especially if it’s still under warranty.
Peek under the sink and inspect your garbage disposal. Do you see cracks or spots of water collecting? If you do, this is likely the cause of your leak.
If your unit is cracked, you’ll need to replace it.
How to Prevent Garbage Disposal Leaks
Whether you’ve fixed the leak yourself or need to replace your garbage disposal, you’ll probably be curious to know how you can prevent leaks from happening in the future.
Here are some tips to save you from the headache of dealing with a garbage disposal leak:
- Run cold water down the drain when you’re using the disposal
- Avoid putting hard foods or objects down the drain
- Regularly inspect your unit for cracks
- Don’t pour bleach down the drain
- Don’t put coffee grounds, egg shells, pasta, rice, or potato peels down the drain
Plumbing Service in Clearwater, Florida
Many people take their garbage disposal for granted, but if you’re experiencing a leak, we bet you’ll appreciate it working properly in the future. We can help with that and your other plumbing needs.
Our friendly plumbing experts at Climate Design can help you repair, maintain, or find new plumbing equipment for your home.
Contact us today for all of your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing needs in the Tampa area.
Call (888) 572-7245 to schedule your appointment