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Dealing with Garbage Disposal Leaks

Noticing unusual smells or dampness underneath your sink? You may be dealing with a garbage disposal in need of repair. The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and the last thing you want is a broken disposal when it comes time to clean all those holiday party dishes. Your local plumbing experts at Beutler Air Conditioning & Plumbing want to help you understand the causes of those pesky leaks, and what you should do in the event of a garbage disposal leak.

  • Leaks at the sink flange (part where the disposal meets the sink drain) could be from loose mounting bolts or faulty plumber’s putty. The clamps need to be tightened on the hose but if there’s a crack, it may need to be replaced.
  • Leaks at the discharge pipe (on the bottom of the garbage disposal) are an issue as well. The discharge pipe is connected through a flange and a seal, and the loosening of either could cause some trouble. Call a plumber to tighten the flange with a plumber’s wrench and to assess whether or not the flange itself is the problem. If the bottom continues to leak, the seal may need to be replaced.
  • If there are cracks in the actual body of the garbage disposal unit, which can be caused by age and overuse, then it is time to have the system replaced.
  • A garbage disposal system could also be improperly seated. What this means is that your system may have been knocked out of place, causing cracks or leaks to appear. Check to see where the water is coming from then call a plumber to inspect and tighten the bolts, if needed. If this does not do the trick, ask to have the putty or sealing ring replaced.

Your plumbing experts at Beutler are here to help. When it comes to tricky leak detection in your indoor plumbing, always be sure to contact a professional. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule a repair or replacement, call Beutler at 916-646-2222.