Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be restored if you can identify 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 plug 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 enables self-cleaning. This location commonly experiences leaks as well.
These malfunctions can be fixed 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 complete simple repairs, so factor that into the cost when deciding to tackle the problem by yourself.
Having a professional technician like one from Air Engineers Service Experts determine and fix the problem can help locate other parts that may be about to go out. That way, you won’t be dealing with the same disposal two weeks later.