The garbage disposal unit is among the devices that are used to keep a modern kitchen clean. It is used to dispose of organic materials such as peels, pieces of meat, coffee grounds which would have otherwise made our kitchen smell if disposed of in the trash bin.
When the disposal unit starts to leak, the disposed garbage finds its way in our kitchens making it smelly as well as becoming a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause serious health problems. Not to mention the dirt may attract pests into your home. Fixing a leaking disposal unit becomes a top priority.
Below are simple steps that can help you identify the where the leak is coming from.
Inspect all units of a garbage disposal, to check whether they have cracks that need fixing or loose connections that need tightening up. Some of the common causes of a garbage disposal leak include;
There are other leaks in a disposal that you can apply the DIY methods, but only if you have some basic know-how.
First of all, locate where the leak is coming from. Wipe off the disposal unit with a dry rag and run water into it. The likely places to observe a leak include the top of the main seal, drain pipe, dishwasher and along the body of the disposal unit. Observe where the water is coming from. Check whether the leak is due to cracks or loose connections and act accordingly.
Inspect the drain pipe for the presence of dirt or debris that may have gotten stuck between the seal and the tube. Wipe it off with a wet rag. If the wire clamps are loose, secure them in place by tightening them up.
Take off the breaker that controls the disposal unit. If cracks have damaged the hose, unscrew the clamp and disconnect it from the disposal unit. Cut the end of the hose to the point where the leak started.
Do not worry; cutting it off will not cause a problem. Fix the hose back and screw back the clamp.
Finally, it is advisable to carry out a routine maintenance at least once in a year and have your garbage disposal unit inspected every month to ensure the system is operating smoothly. As much as you would love to do it yourself, once in a while get professional help to check your unit.
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