Garbage disposal leaks can cause a huge mess under your kitchen sink. If repair services are delayed, a garbage disposal leak could even result in flooding and property damage. Thankfully, a leaking garbage disposal is something fairly easy to fix.
How To Determine The Source Of The Garbage Disposal Leak
The first thing you have to do is determine where the leak is coming from. There are 3 common places where garbage disposal leaks occur:
- sink flange
- dishwasher connection
- discharge drainpipe
A leak at the sink flange is caused by either loose mounting bolts or failed plumber’s 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. If those have failed or loosen, the result is often a leak.
How To Fix A Garbage Disposal Leak
Once you have determined the location of the garbage disposal leak, it’s time to find a solution. To start, you can replace the plumber’s putty and tighten all the bolts. If the dishwasher connection was the culprit, replace the leaking section of the hose. You can also try tightening the flange to see if that stops the leak. If none of these DIY methods work, you will likely have to replace the seal that is located between the pipe and retaining nut.
Professional Plumbing Repair
A leaking garbage disposal most definitely qualifies as a plumbing emergency. Rest assured, when you call Radiant to fix your garbage disposal, we’ll treat the situation with the sense of urgency it deserves. Our team of plumbing experts is on call and ready to be dispatched to your home whenever you need us. There are a lot of moving parts to a garbage disposal. If you can’t figure out where the leak is coming from, you need a professional set of eyes.
Radiant is Austin and San Antonio’s #1 in plumbing service. We’ve been serving local communities across Central Texas for more than 20 years. Our ever expanding service area covers Austin, San Antonio, and neighborhoods everywhere in between. If you need plumbing repair, you need it now. Contact us today for swift service.