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Problem:

Garbage disposal is leaking.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Appropriate garbage disposal gasket replacements

  • Screwdriver

  • Hex wrench

  • Locking pliers / Channellock® pliers by Channellock, Inc.

  • Bucket

Solution:

Your garbage disposal is leaking, and is in need of repair.

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power.

Repairing a leaking garbage disposal can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. With the main power turned off to the garbage disposal, depending on where the disposal is leaking, there is a certain way to go about repairing such a leak. 

 

If the disposal is leaking at the sink, you can stop this leakage in either of two ways: 1) You can use a hex wrench or other appropriate fastening device to tighten the mounting screws of the disposal that secure it to the sink; or 2) With a bucket underneath to capture any run-off water and the use of locking pliers or Channellock® pliers, you can remove the trap (for more info. on traps) and then turn the bottom disposal mounting ring about a quarter of a turn to disengage and make free the disposal from the sink so that the top disposal mounting ring can also be removed in order to ultimately provide you with access to the sink gaskets that then can be removed and replaced at such time, with the trap and disposal (with bottom and top mounting rings) reinstalled thereafter.

If the disposal is leaking actually in the drainpipe area of the disposal, you can stop this leakage in either of two ways: 1) You can use a screwdriver or other appropriate fastening device to tighten the screw of the gasket of the drain; or 2) With a bucket underneath to capture any run-off water and the use of locking pliers or Channellock® pliers, you can remove the trap followed with the removal of the drainpipe (for more info. on traps) to gain access and replace the disposal gasket altogether, and then reinstall the drainpipe and trap once the gasket replacement is in place.

As may be applicable, follow the garbage disposal manufacturer's instructions as to leak repairs.

That's what it takes to repair a garbage disposal that is leaking.

Ed the Handyman

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