Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be fixed if you can find the part that's leading to the problem.
If you find a worn out or leaky part, put in a new one. Don’t use plumber’s putty to plug cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Decay 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 enables self-cleaning. This area frequently experiences leaks as well.
These problems can be fixed 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 find and make simple repairs, so consider that with the cost when deciding to take care of the problem without professional help.
Having a professional technician like one from Hammond Plumbing & Heating identify and take care of the problem can help catch other components that may be about to go out. That way, you won’t be fixing the same disposal two weeks later.