A garbage disposal leak is one of the worst headaches a homeowner can have. Not only does it call for repair or replacement, but it can lead to water damage in the home. To fix this problem, it is essential to act fast and locate where the leak is coming from in your unit. Are you having difficulties locating the leak?
Fortunately, the professionals at Mister Sewer Plumbing & Drain Experts are here to guide you through all your questions and concerns when it comes to getting your garbage disposal as good as new.
Common Reasons Garbage Disposals Leak
When it comes to a leaking garbage disposal, here are some of common culprits:
Damaged Sink Flange
If you see leaking from the top of your disposal, it indicates damage to your sink flange. The sink flange creates a watertight seal between the kitchen sink and plumbing. The flange is held together with a plumber’s putty and bolts which can often corrode and loosen over time. This problem can be fixed with some new putty and retightening of the bolts.
Problem with Drain Lines
If the damage is coming from the side of the garbage disposal unit, your drain lines can be damaged or loose. Your unit contains two drain hoses that connect: the smaller hose is where your dishwasher drains into the disposal while the larger one drains out the disposal to your sewer. To make sure they stay connected, check and tighten the clamp and inspect the hoses.
Even when one fixes the leaks in their units, there can still be leaks. It is essential to look at the disposal and make sure there are no large cracks on the surface. These cracks can often form from simply knocking or bumping the unit when individuals try to get different items from under their sink. It is important to try to keep things away from the unit.
Leaking from the Bottom of the Garbage Disposal
When the leak comes from your unit’s bottom or reset button, this means that one or more internal seals have been compromised. This damage can happen over time, and once the metal plate is damaged, it is not worth doing minor repairs over time. Unfortunately, this leak calls for a new garbage disposal.
Repairing and Preventing Leaks and Damage with Residential Plumbing Services
In order to avoid these problems in the future, remember to always run cold water after using the disposal. Another critical step is to make sure the proper foods are going down the sink. Soft foods are the best bet to keep your unit as maintained as possible.
If you are looking for any repairs or replacements for your garbage disposal, leave the hassle to us. For more information about garbage disposal installation or repair services or any other household tips, such as how to get something out of a drain, reach out to our team today!