Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be restored if you can find the part that's leading to the problem.
If you find a fatigued or leaky part, put in a new one. Don’t use plumber’s putty to stop cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Deterioration on the seals
- Unsecured pipes
- Flanges or gaskets that have dried out and split
- Cracks in the garbage disposal body
Some disposals are linked to the dishwasher, which allows for self-cleaning. This location often suffers from leaks as well.
These issues can be repaired 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 find and finish simple repairs, so include that in the cost when deciding to take care of the problem on your own.
Having a professional technician like one from Roland J. Down Service Experts determine and repair the problem can help catch other parts that may be about to stop working. That way, you won’t be repairing the same disposal two weeks later.