Is Your Garbage Disposal Leaking?

garbage-disposal_360Have you ever found your kitchen floor wet after using your garbage disposal? or have you went to grab something from under your sink only to find everything soaked? Chances are your garbage disposal is leaking.

Today, we are living in the modern world of light-speed schedules and convenience. Garbage disposals have become a time-saving, convenience. Though garbage disposals make disposing of foods a simple task, they often go overlooked or under appreciated. Nevertheless, when something goes wrong, we cannot fail to notice the foul smell coming from our garbage disposal units.

Garbage disposals work like a food processor, it has sharp blades that chop foods into smaller pieces, enough to exist through the small holes at the screen, located at the bottom of the unit.

Besides the headaches a faulty disposal may cause, garbage disposals help keep your kitchen tidy, and prevent the formation of clogs in your drains. Thus, when a garbage disposal starts to leak or break down, most people feel at a loss.

A leaking garbage disposal can be a stubborn repair because there are several parts that leaks can come from, which makes it difficult to diagnose the leak's point of origin.In order to find where a leak is coming from, you will have to conduct a thorough search of all of the disposal's parts and bolts.

Below, we will take you through the leading causes of garbage disposal leaks and how to fix them, do's and don't's and items that you should never put in your unit.

Sink Flange Leak:

The sink flange is the uppermost part of the garbage disposal. It is connected to the sink drain and may potentially leak due to a number of reasons. One common reason behind a leaking sink flange is that the mounting bolts are not tightly secured.

Plumber's Putty Fails:

When putty fails, leakage is likely to occur. In order to replace the putty, you will first need to loosen the retaining bolts. After loosening the bolts, you must create a gap and force place new putty in between the pipe and the flange. After doing so, you want to re-tighten the bolts that hold the putty in place.

Dishwasher Connection Leak:

Some garbage disposals are connected to the drainpipe of the dishwasher. This connection is designed to help get rid of leftovers from your dishes as they go through the washing cycle. Leaks can occur at the hose clamp, where the disposal unit connects with the dishwasher. Leaks can also happen if the hose clamp is not well secured. If the hose clamp is the cause of the leakage, the clamp needs to be tightened or the hose must be replaced.

Discharge Pipe Leak:

On the bottom of the disposal unit, a discharge pipe is connected to the sink drain. The discharge pipe is connected through the flange and seals, which can loosen over time due to normal wear and tear.

garbage-disposal-connections_480In order to fix this problem, you will need to use a plumber's wrench to tighten the flange. If the bottom unit continues to leaks, the seal found in between the retaining unit and discharge pipe will need to be replaced.

Crack in the Body of the Disposal Unit:

As the garbage disposal gets older, its interior shell becomes susceptible to cracking. If the shell is cracked, water will emerge from the seams. If the inner disposal of the unit is cracked, you will need to replace the entire disposal unit.

Knocked Loose Leak:

The bulk of garbage disposal systems, that include pipe connections, are located under the kitchen sink. The rest of the area under the sink is used for storing different items.

It is common for a person to bump into garbage disposal pipes while trying to reach for something else in proximity. As a result, seals can be pressed into an awkward position, pipes can be moved, and retaining bolts can be loosened. So it is important to conduct routine checks to make sure nothing has been knocked out of place.

• It is important to always keep your disposal clean. Pouring soap and letting cold water run for a few seconds will help keep your disposal clean.

• Run your garbage disposal frequently. This will help to prevent corrosion and rust.

• Run your disposal with cold water. Cold water will prevent grease and oil from becoming solid, therefore preventing clogs in your drain.

• Do not use hot water to grind food waste, hot water allows grease to accumulate, causing drains to clog.

• Do not turn off motors before grinding is fully completed. You should let the water continue running for 15 more seconds after grinding is completed.

• Do not use bleach or drain cleaners in the garbage disposal. They can damage the seals and blades.

• Non-biodegradable material such as glass, plastic, metal, and papers
• Combustible materials
• Cigarette butts
• Grease, fat, or oil, they will slowly accumulate and cause damage to the unit's blades.

avoid-a-garbage-disposal-leak_720Have you done major plumbing work on your garbage disposal ahead of discovering the leak? If you have, then it is likely that your garbage disposal took a hard hit. Knowing the history of behavior of your garbage disposal can help save you time, money and a headache.

Now is the time to act if you've got a leaking garbage disposal. It may seem like a big job -- and sometimes it is -- but don't be overwhelmed.

If you are having garbage disposal problems and are in need of assistance the professionals at L.E. Isley & Sons, Inc. are here to help all residents of Westfield, IN. Call us today at (317) 420-4006.