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Is your garbage disposal leaking?

A garbage disposal is an electrically powered device that is installed under the kitchen sink between the sink drain and the P-trap. The machine is meant to shred unwanted items, primarily (and hopefully only) food. Through shredding and grinding food into tiny pieces to pass through the plumbing, the garbage disposal, “disposes” the unwanted food. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about garbage disposal leaks. Let’s be honest, as mentioned previously, the garbage disposal is a piece of machinery, albeit a small piece, it is a piece of machinery nonetheless. Because it is a machine, it’s completely inevitable that the garbage disposal unit will break. Some of the most common issues consumers see with a garbage disposal are the following:

  • The garbage disposal leaking out of the bottom

  •  The garbage disposal leaking out from the side

  • The garbage disposal leaking from the bottom screws

  • The garbage disposal is leaking water from the reset button

  • The garbage disposal is leaking from the cord

And lastly…

An often pretty nasty looking leak into the dishwasher! YUCK!

All of these various areas of leakage come with their own set(s) of challenges. Let’s try to cover a few. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll have to call a doctor, Plumb Doctor, LLC at (317) 643-2063.

Garbage disposals are connected to your sink with a flange and/or plumber’s putty. The disposer seal can corrode and loosen over time and cause a leak. Now, this is the cause of a leak only SOME of the time. There are other instances where the disposal unit may be old and leaky and rusted out.

What causes garbage disposals to leak?

There are three primary reasons that cause a leak. Those three reasons are as follows:

  • Leaky, cracked, loose or otherwise broken drain lines

  • A leaky or corroded sink flange

  • A damaged or broken seal inside of the garbage disposal

Why is my garbage disposal leaking from the top?

The sink is connected with a flange and plumbers putty. Over time the seal can loosen over time, due to corrosion, age and a number of other factors. The garbage disposal often leaks from being jarred hard, usually from other plumbing work in the facility enough to loosen the seal.

Why is my garbage disposal leaking from the bottom?

The garbage disposal is more than likely leaking from the bottom due to the fact that the machine has gotten too old, failed and is time to replace. There usually is some sort of seal cracked or broken from the inside.

How often should you look to replace a leaky garbage disposal?

You should definitely look to replace your garbage disposal every 8 to 15 years. However, garbage disposals are always becoming more efficient, and with that increased efficiency you should look to trade out for a new model more frequently.

When you are ready to change out or if you have a leaky garbage disposal, a sump pump repair, a leaky drain, and you are unsure as to what needs to happen next, give us a call at Plumb Doctor, LLC today!