Diagnosing the problem the first step to repair
Thankfully, a leaking garbage disposal is something fairly easy to fix. The first thing you have to do, though, is determine where the leak is coming from. There are three places where leaks occur most common in a garbage disposal: At the sink flange, at the dishwasher connection, and at the discharge drainpipe.
A leak at the sink flange is caused by either loose mounting bolts or failed plumbers putty. If it’s at the dishwasher connection, chances are it’s because of a leak in the hose where your disposal connects to the unit. Finally, your disposal has a discharge pipe that goes into the drain of the sink. That is connected through a flange and a seal and if those have failed or became loose, then you’ll probably notice a leak.
To fix these issues, you have to 1. Tighten the bolts and/or replace plumbers putty; 2. Replace the leaky section of the house in the dishwasher connection; or 3. Tighten the flange. If that’s not the problem, you’ll have to replace the seal that is located between the pope and retaining nut.
If you just can’t figure out where the leak is coming from, or you need help repairing it, call Radiant Plumbing today. We’d be glad to help!