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Why is my garbage disposal leaking?

Posted on: July 29, 2014

Leaking pipes—a homeowner’s nightmare. So when that leak is coming from a high traffic area like your kitchen sink, you need to fix it quickly. At James A. Wheat & Sons, we’ve been helping people in Montgomery County, MD and Washington, DC fix all their plumbing problems since 1978, and we can help you diagnose and fix your leaking garbage disposal.

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Diagnosing & Fixing the Problem

The first step to fixing your leaking garbage disposal is determining the cause of the problem. When it comes to your disposal, it could be a few things:

1. Sink flange

One of the most common causes of a garbage disposal leak is the sink flange—the metal seal between the sink and the garbage disposal. Overtime, the seal between the two pieces can start to wear down and leak. You can try removing the sink flange and reapplying plumbing putty or you can give us a call at James A. Wheat & Sons, and we’ll fix you right up.

2. Dishwasher connection

Your garbage disposal and all of the connections under the sink can get knocked around quite a bit when you’re reaching for cleaning supplies or a new garbage bag—and it’s fairly common for things to come loose under the sink. If your garbage disposal is leaking, making sure that the dishwasher connection isn’t loose. You can simply tighten the connection and, if that was the problem, the leak should stop.

3. Cracks

Whether through damage or old age, your unit can eventually crack. Leaks springing from cracks in your garbage disposal are going to be very difficult, if not impossible to repair, and it is very likely that you’ll need to replace your unit.

4. Discharge pipe

The discharge pipe at the bottom of your dishwasher may be the source of the leaking. You can attempt tightening the flange or, if you don’t have the proper tools, you can call the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons for help.

Getting an Expert’s Help

Plumbing problems can be difficult to fix yourself—that’s why many people call us at James A. Wheat & Sons to get an expert’s help. We have decades of experience helping people with all their plumbing problems, from leaking garbage disposals to water line breaks and much more.

Contact us online or by phone at 240-399-5051240-399-5051 to schedule an appointment.