Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be restored 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 stop cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Wear and tear 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 experiences leaks as well.
These problems can be repaired except for cracks in the body or interior lining of the disposal. If this is your problem, you will need to install a new garbage disposal.
It can take a DIYer a lot of time to locate and finish simple repairs, so include that in the cost when deciding to handle the problem on your own.
Having a professional technician like one from Roland J. Down Service Experts identify and repair the problem can help catch other parts that may be about to break. That way, you won’t be repairing the same disposal two weeks later.