If you notice a pool of water beneath your sink, the garbage disposal may be leaking. There are a few potential reasons for this problem, and determining the cause is crucial to implement an effective solution. Some are simple fixes, while others could require replacing the whole unit.
If the disposal is leaking, check each of the following components to try and find the source of the issue:
- Sink Flange. This is the seal that connects the sink and garbage disposal. It may be connected with a flange, plumber’s putty, or a combination of the two. If this seal is loose, a plumber will have to remove the existing flange or putty and reseal it.
- Internal Seal: Watch the garbage disposal for a few minutes to try and determine where the leak is coming from. If water is dripping straight from the bottom, rather than coming from higher up and dripping down, the internal seal is likely to blame. When this is the culprit, you’re usually better off having a plumber replace the whole unit.
- Dishwasher Drain Lines: Most dishwashers are connected to garbage disposals through one or more drain lines. When the dishwasher is running, excess water and food particles are sent through these lines into the disposal. If these lines are loose, there will likely be water buildup under the sink. Typically, simply tightening the connections to the drain lines solves the problem.
- Unit Placement: The garbage disposal is located under the sink, typically alongside cleaning supplies and other kitchen items. It’s easy to bump it when you’re taking items out or putting them back. If the disposal gets knocked out of place, it can cause leaks. Have a plumber check the unit for cracks and other damage, and then properly realign it.
When your garbage disposal is leaking, turn to the professionals at Fast Rooter Plumbing in Honolulu, HI, for top-quality assistance. They’ll send out an experienced repairman to diagnose the problem and quickly repair the issue. If the disposal cannot be repaired, they will replace it for you. Visit their website for a complete list of their services, and call them at (808) 734-4938 to schedule an appointment today.