No matter how careful you are and how well you care for your garbage disposal, leaks can still develop. Plumbing is constantly in use and needs maintenance and sometimes needs to be repaired. If you find that your garbage disposal has sprung a leak, here are some tips to figure out how to take care of it.
The Anatomy of a Garbage Disposal
There are four main areas where garbage disposal leaks can develop:
- The sink flange: This connects the top of the disposal to the bottom of the sink drain.
- The dishwasher connection: This is usually a rubber hose that’s connected to the side of the garbage disposal.
- The drain pipe: This pipe is usually plastic or metal. It drains water and food to the sewer.
- The garbage disposal itself
Get to the Source
To try to find the source of the garbage disposal leak, there is a very simple test you can perform. First, you take a towel and completely dry the underside of your sink and garbage disposal. Then, put a plug in the sink drain and fill it with several inches of water. Now, observe the underside of your sink. If there is a steady drip, your leak is coming from the sink flange.
If you don’t see any water dripping from the flange, remove the plug from the sink and observe the garbage disposal itself. There is a fairly good chance you will see water dripping from the dishwasher connection, the drain pipe, or the bottom of the actual disposal unit.
To DIY or Not to DIY
There are some very good tutorials online for industrious homeowners who want to fix their own garbage disposal leak; however, there are some problems that can be made worse very easily. If you’re really comfortable that it’s an easy fix, go for it! But, know your limits. If your easy fix doesn’t work, just call a plumber.
Your Silver Spring Plumber Can Help
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