Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be repaired if you can locate the part that's creating the problem.
If you find a beat up or leaky part, put in a new one. Don’t use plumber’s putty to plug cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Wear and tear on the seals
- Detatched pipes
- Flanges or gaskets that have dried out and cracked
- Cracks in the garbage disposal body
Some disposals are hooked up to the dishwasher, which allows for self-cleaning. This spot frequently experiences leaks as well.
These problems can be taken care of except for cracks in the body or interior lining of the disposal. If this is your problem, you will need to replace your garbage disposal.
It can take a DIYer many hours to diagnose and make simple repairs, so factor that into the cost when choosing to tackle the problem by yourself.
Having a professional technician like one from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning identify and take care of the problem can help find other components that may be about to stop working. That way, you won’t end up repairing the same disposal two weeks later.