Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be repaired if you can locate the part that's leading to the problem.
If you find a fatigued or leaky part, get a new one. Don’t use plumber’s putty to fill cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Deterioration on the seals
- Unsecured pipes
- Flanges or gaskets that have dried out and cracked
- Breaks 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 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 get 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 deciding to take care of the problem without professional help.
Having a skilled technician like one from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning diagnose and repair the problem can help catch other components that may be about to go out. That way, you won’t find yourself dealing with the same disposal two weeks later.