A leaky garbage disposal can very quickly turn into a stinky situation fast. Even worse, it could lead to severe water damage. By learning how to fix a leaky disposal, you can quickly before it gets out of hand and completely trashes your kitchen. Read on to learn everything about a leaking garbage disposal repair.
Signs that Indicate a Garbage Disposal Leak
One indication of a leaky garbage disposal leak are damp, soggy cabinets under the sink. Some other signs are flooding from underneath the sink, dripping sound from under the sink when you run the disposal, and a rotten food scent coming up from underneath the sink.
How to Diagnose the Spot of the Leak
The find the spot of the leak, remove items from the cabinet beneath your sink, put a bowl or bucket under the sink to collect any water or bits of food that might come out during a repair. Then, unplug the disposal, stop-up the sink drain, and fill up the sink basin with a couple of inches of water to determine where the leak is at. From here, check under the sink while the sink is stopped-up. If the leak is stopped, then remove the stopper and check for a leak around the dishwasher hose, the drain, and from the bottom of the disposal, or the water lines coming from the walls.
How to Properly Fix the Garbage Disposal for a Leak
If you’ve determined the leak is definitely coming from your garbage disposal, here are some tips to help you fix the issue. If you are having trouble repairing the disposal, call the experts from B&D Plumbing to fix it!
Leaks from The Top
This might mean that your sink flange or putty is worn and no longer holding the seal. In this case, you’ll have to detach the disposal appliance, remove the old flange or clean the worn-out putty, and reseal it with a brand new flange.
Leaking from the Very Bottom
The seal inside your garbage disposal might be busted, and these internal seals tend to wear out as time passes. In this case, you might need a new garbage disposal installation. Unless your disposal is under warranty, the time, effort, and price of fixing the internal seal is likely not worth it. You’d feel better off replacing the appliance with a professional plumbing team.
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!