Finding a leak under your kitchen sink is not a pleasant feeling, especially when you don’t know why it could be leaking. Earlier this week we began to explain why your garbage disposal could be leaking and how you can fix it without needing a replacement. Here are a few more possible explanations – and fixes – for that leak!
To find out how to tell where the leak is coming from, read the earlier post.
The dishwasher connection is attached to the side of the disposal, a few inches below the sink. If you find a leak here, it is most likely coming from the hose between the dishwasher and the disposal. Tighten a clamp on the hose and look for cracks, splits or leaks. Consider replacing the hose if you see any kind of dry rot, as this is likely the problem.
The discharge drainpipe is another common garbage disposal plumbing problem. Make sure the bolts holding the discharge pipe to the disposal are tight. Any loose bolts can cause a leak. If the bolts are tight and you still see a leak, remove the bolts and pipes to replace the gasket. Once the new gasket is in place, reinstall the bolts and tighten – just be sure you do not make them too tight or you could cause more problems.
In some cases, the disposal itself will leak. If you notice water coming from the actual disposal, it is time to get a new one! You can take it apart and replace the gaskets, but this will only be a temporary plumbing repair; other parts of the unit will start to go soon. Be familiar with your pipe connections and garbage disposal type before visiting a plumbing supply store. There are a number of differences from machine to machine, so be sure you know your needs before going shopping!
If you are unsure where your leak is coming from or don’t feel comfortable digging around under the sink, call your local plumbing experts! We will be happy to stop by and get your disposal running properly.
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