Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be fixed if you can find the part that's causing the problem.
If you find a beat up or leaky part, replace it. Don’t use plumber’s putty to stop cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Deterioration on the seals
- Detatched pipes
- Flanges or gaskets that have dried out and broken
- Breaks in the garbage disposal body
Some disposals are linked to the dishwasher, which provides self-cleaning. This location often has 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 install a new garbage disposal.
It can take a DIYer an entire afternoon to find and finish simple repairs, so factor that into the cost when attempting to handle the problem on your own.
Having a professional technician like one from McElroy Service Experts determine and fix the problem can help locate other components that may be about to stop working. That way, you won’t end up repairing the same disposal two weeks later.