A garbage disposal was meant to do the hard work on processing any kind of food waste you have. By working continuously by time to time, it is possible to have some problems on your disposal system. One of the issues that may occur is a garbage disposal leaking from bottom.
When this happen, what should you do? You can follow this steps.
Find the leak
You obviously want to take a precise measure to fix your garbage disposal, right? Therefore, you must find the exact location where the leak is. But before that, you will need to do some preparation, such as:
- Turning off the garbage disposal and don’t forget to unplug the unit.
- Put a container or a basket below the sink for collecting any leaking water.
- Turn the water on, then fill up the sink until it almost half full.
- Put few drops of a bright food coloring into the sink of water.
- Lastly, check for any leaks that occur on the bottom of your sink.
The first place you can look at was the connection between the sink and the garbage disposal. Another place that usually leaks are the connection on the drain house. Don’t forget to turn on your dishwasher when you checking in this area.
Check up the sink flange
The flange—that seals the disposal with your sink—can become corroded, it’ll cause the seal loose and leaks water. To fix it, just follow the next step.
- Turn off your garbage disposal, don’t forget to unplug it.
- Remove your garbage disposal from below the sink. Use a screw driver and a wrench.
- Remove any excess putty then you can reseal the area. A flange may be the best solution for tightening the seal.
- After you finished resealed the area, you can reconnect your garbage disposal.
Check the inside of garbage disposal
A broken seal on the inside of your garbage disposal can be the main issue that caused leaking on the bottom of your disposal. It’s usually happening because there is a crack on the inside of the device.
Unfortunately, the best way to fix this kind of issue is with replacing the old garbage disposal with the new one. For your information, a garbage disposal should last for 5 to 10 years.
But if you want to save some budget, you can disconnect your unit, disclose it, repair the crack by sealing it, and then reattach it. But, this is only a temporary solution. Better to invest in a new unit than having to reseal it again in the future.
Therefore, it will be better to prevent your garbage disposal from leaking. These are some precautions you can pay attention, to avoid your garbage disposals leak.
- Avoid throwing a large chunk of waste. Look carefully at what kind of waste that can be safely ground on your garbage disposal.
- Constantly remove any fat, oil, and grease. It can cause a clog that bunged up the connection from the sink to your disposal.
- Keep the space under the sink that located near to the disposal free.
Now, you know how to prevent a leak to your garbage disposal. Even better, you also know what to do in case your garbage disposal leaking from bottom. Don’t hesitate to consult with an expert, if the problem stays. You may also contact your garbage disposal manufacturer to get an exact measure.