Fixing a Leaky Garbage Disposal
A leaky garbage disposal can be restored if you can identify the part that's creating the problem.
If you find a worn out or leaky part, put in a new one. Don’t use plumber’s putty to plug cracks.
Disposals may leak over time due to:
- Decay on the seals
- Detatched pipes
- Flanges or gaskets that have dried out and cracked
- Breaks in the garbage disposal body
Some disposals are linked to the dishwasher, which enables self-cleaning. This area commonly has 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 install a new garbage disposal.
It can take a DIYer many hours to find and complete simple repairs, so consider that with the cost when deciding to tackle the problem by yourself.
Having a professional technician like one from Chief/Bauer Service Experts identify and fix the problem can help catch other pieces that may be about to stop working. That way, you won’t be repairing the same disposal two weeks later.