Whenever there are signs of a water leak under the ones Chesapeake kitchen sink, find out if the water is leaking while the garbage disposal is running. If that’s the case , there may be several different problems. Luckily, most issues with garbage disposals that cause leaks are a fairly easy plumbing repair to fix without a pro.
Though the water may seem to be trickling from directly under the disposal, the leak might actually be in a different place. There are 4 primary areas on the disposal which often leak. They are, the sink flange, the dishwasher hose, the drain line, and directly underneath the garbage disposal. Continue reading to find out more about the common troubles with garbage disposal leaking and ways to repair them.
The sink flange is where the garbage disposal and the sink meet. To find out if this is the issue, plug the sink and fill it a little bit less than half way with water. Pour food coloring in the water. If there is any water dripping before the sink gets unplugged, the issue is definitely with the sink flange. In this circumstance, the sink flange seal is most likely damaged. To repair this problem, one would have to remove the garbage disposal from the sink and repair the seal.
Drain Line or Dishwasher Hose
If there was no water leaking before the sink was unplugged, unplug it to determine the origin of the leak. The dishwasher hose is fairly quick to locate. It’s where the hose and the garbage disposal attach. The drain line is where the drainage pipe and the disposal link up. Both of these issues can also be because of a broken seal. Either way, the seal will, yet again, need to be repaired. However, the process for resealing the disposal’s connection to the dishwasher hose or the drain pipe could vary depending on the disposal.
Garbage Disposal Basin
If perhaps the water is trickling right out of the underside of the garbage disposal, the seals within the basin are most likely broken. These seals can be restored, however, there are a number of seals in the garbage disposal. For that reason, if one breaks, yet another break will, commonly, shortly follow. In this predicament, it happens to be a better idea to have the garbage disposal swapped out.
In cases where the garbage disposal is still causing problems or there continue to be indications of water damage on the bottom of the sink cabinet, call us. We can get the necessary Chesapeake Plumbing Repair done fast.