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Why is My Garbage Disposal Leaking?

Why is My Garbage Disposal Leaking?

Garbage disposal is a kitchen workhorse; it helps you keep things tidy while you are busy feeding Garbage Disposal your family. When garbage disposal starts leaking, stuck, not turn on, or when it just quit on you, your local plumber is here to help you get your kitchen back to normal. While garbage disposal is an indispensable item, many people take it for granted.

Quite often, we see customers stuffing too much food down the disposal and enough share of food items that do not belong there. It is easy to see why garbage disposal starts leaking and why it has become such a common plumbing repair.

Just like a food processor, garbage disposal uses sharps blades to chop food items into small elements that can exist through the screen holes at the bottom of the unit. Though manufacturers produce different models of garbage disposal, all models have standard hook-ups.

They have an inlet, outlet, and a dishwasher inlet on the side. A disposal unit can leak on those areas. If it is the body unit is leaking, the unit needs to be replaced, but the other leaks can be repaired.

Garbage disposal leaks can be as simple as a broken seal or even complex as dangerous disposal unit. Water travel to the lowest point before dropping, thus, even if water is dripping from the bottom of the unit the bottom may not be the actual source of the leak.

Where to Look for Leaks

  • At the connection between the sink and the garbage disposal
  • At drain hose connection with waste disposal. If this is the cause, it will only leak when the dishwasher is running.
  • At the link between the drain line and garbage disposal
  • At the bottom of the garbage disposal unit

Causes of Garbage Disposal LeaksGarbage Disposal

Dishwasher connection leak: If you happen to find the side of the unit wet, and some water dripping at the bottom, the dishwasher connection or air break connection could be the source of leaking. Moreover, another possibility may be one of the hoses

If this is the problem, you need to tighten the connections and the clamps. If the hose is leaking, a replacement is required.

Discharge Drainpipe leak: If water is dripping from the bottom, and the side unit is wet as well, another cause may be the connections to the discharge drainpipe.

If this is the cause of leaking, you need to try to fasten the connection. If it is tight but continues to leak, you can disassemble the pipe connection and replace the gasket to stop the leak

Water is leaking from the bottom through the motor: If the side of the unit is dry, and water is leaking from the bottom through the motor, then it is possible the garbage disposal is leaking through the flywheel seal into the motor.

To replace the flywheel, you will need to remove the disposal first and disassemble it. This is best done by professionals.

Do's and Don'ts for Maintaining Your Disposal

Let looks at some "do's and don'ts" that users are supposed to keep in mind while operating garbage disposal to avoid frequent leaks and other related problems.

Do's of Your Garbage Disposal

  • Run a full stream of cold water before, while, and after grinding. Cold water helps in keeping fats in solid form and prevent clog formation on your disposal, it also cools motor while it is running, which extend your disposal
  • Put soft food only on your garbage disposal. Hard food item such h as bones will damage the unit
  • Frequently check for leaks. Garbage disposal has gaskets, flanges, and pipe connections that can be source of leaks

Don'ts of Your Garbage Disposal

  • Do not put your hand in a garbage disposal, even when it has been turned off. The unit has sharp blades that can cause serious injury even when they are not rotating.
  • Do not pour bleach in the sink. Bleach cause damage to disposal seals, if you are concerned about odors from the disposal, you can use vinegar, baking soda, or grind up citrus peels.
  • Do not leave dishcloth or rags in the sink. Items of clothing can easily slip into the disposal, and they are tough to remove once they bind up the impeller of your disposal.
  • Do not overfill your garbage disposal. Too much food item will create too much pressure on the disposal system and cause it to bog down or even hurt the motor.
  • Never turn off a garbage disposal while it is still grinding. To ensure everything is flushed out, be sure grinding is completed, and the let cold water run for 15 seconds before turning off.

Food items that you should never put down on the disposal

  • Eggshells and potato peels: They build in pipes and cause clogging
  • Fibrous foods like cornhusk: They tangle and jam the blades hurt disposal motor
  • Pasta and rice: They expand when soaked in water and will tend to clog up the pipes
  • Coffee grounds: It also clogs up the pipes
  • Plastic and papers: Garbage disposal are designed for biodegradable material.

Garbage Disposal Repair

Garbage Disposal RepairMany websites promise to teach on how to fix the garbage disposal. However, Repairing a garbage disposal on yourself can cost more than time and money; you can easily be injured. It is recommended you seek professional services

A leaky garbage disposal can be more than an inconvenience. It provides fertile ground for bacteria, mildew, and mold. Even, and a minor leak from your garbage disposal can endanger your family health.

Do not get stuck with a leaking and backed up garbage disposal in your Murrieta, CA home. Call 24-7 Plumbing and Drain at (951) 338-9844


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