Even though you take care of your garbage disposal, things eventually wear
out over time and a leak may develop one day. Despite your best efforts,
these leaks can develop with little to no warning and potentially lead
to damage under your sink, including developing mold or mildew that can
have adverse health effects. To make matters worse, discovering what part
of your garbage disposal is leaking isn’t always straightforward.
Common Leak Causes
Your garbage disposal can spring a leak for a number of reasons. The four
most common spots for leaks to occur are:
- The sink flange (the part that connects the bottom of the sink drain with
the top of the disposal)
- The drain pipe (the pipe which drains water and food waste to the sewer)
- The dishwasher connection (a rubber hose that runs from the side of your
dishwasher to the disposal)
- The disposal unit itself
Finding the Leak Source
In some cases, spotting the issue with your disposal is simple. If your
dishwasher connection is leaking, then odds are the leak can be found
either near the hose itself or near where the hose connects with the disposal.
This is easily repaired by simply replacing the hose that makes this connection.
However, other issues can be tougher to determine if you’re not experienced
or know what to look for. Fortunately, there’s a simple test you
can run at home to determine the source of your leak. First, dry the outside
of the sink flange thoroughly. Next, place a stopper in the drain and
fill the sink with a few inches of water.
When you observe beneath the sink, look for a few tell-tale signs. Any
new moisture on the sink flange or dripping shows that the flange itself
is leaking and should be replaced. If no dripping occurs and the flange
remains dry, however, remove the sink plug and carefully observe the drain
pipe and disposal itself. If your drain pipe is leaking, contact a plumber
and have the pipe replaced to eliminate the leak. If the garbage disposal
unit itself is leaking, odds are you’ll want to replace it.
The Eco Plumbers, our professional technicians can help you with all your garbage disposal
repair and replacement needs. We offer round-the-clock emergency services,
upfront pricing, and flexible financing options to help you get the service
you need to repair your disposal and prevent further damage from happening
to your kitchen and your home. All our Columbus plumbers are highly-trained
and certified, and we work with your schedule to provide effective, eco-friendly
solutions when you need them the most.
Call The Eco Plumbers today at 614-401-4777 to request a service or receive