November 25, 2020 • In Haller Plumbing: Central & Eastern PA, Tips • 2 Min Read

What To Do When Your Garbage Disposal is Leaking

Haller Enterprises

By Haller Enterprises

A garbage disposal can be one of the most used features of a sink — making clean up quick and easy. And while you may think that your garbage disposal is indestructible, their are a number of issues that might cause your garbage disposal to leak. Haller is here to help, with our guide to troubleshooting garbage disposal leaks.

IMPORTANT: Before you begin any of the below troubleshooting strategies it is important to make sure your garbage disposal is off and unplugged!

Garbage Disposal is Leaking From the Top

If your garbage disposal is leaking from the top, it is most likely caused by a corroded flange. The sink flange is what connects your garbage disposal to the sink. This is a very common issue because as water and debris flow through your garbage disposal, it can corrode the sink flange.

In order to fix this issue, all you need to do is reseal the flange. Use a screwdriver to tighten the flange screws to ensure that the connection is tight. If the leaking still persists, a plumber from Haller can come and fix the issue.

Garbage Disposal is Leaking From the Bottom

If your garbage disposal is leaking from the bottom, it probably means an inner seal of the pipe is worn out. This usually occurs over time as water and debris flow through your garbage disposal pipe.

When it comes to fixing the insides of your garbage disposal pipes, it’s better to invest in a new garbage disposal because there is not much that can be done. Fortunately, there are many great garbage disposal options on the market right now! If you need assistance choosing and installing a new garbage disposal, Haller is here to help!

Garbage Disposal is Leaking From the Side

If your garbage disposal is leaking from the side, you most likely have a loose drain connection on your hands. There are two drains in your unit which connect your garbage disposal to (1) the dishwasher and (2) the main sewer. If you are facing the above described issue, here’s how to fix it:

  • If the leak is coming from the drain line that connects to the dishwasher, use a screwdriver to tighten the screw on the clamp. 
  • If the leak is coming from the sewer drain line, you should be able to tighten the screws, however, you may need to have the gasket replaced by a plumber if that doesn’t work.

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