When you think of Scotch Plains plumbing repairs, you may not initially think of garbage disposals. But, if you have a garage disposal and something goes wrong, a plumber is the one you’d want to call. If you’ve noticed a leak, identifying a little more about the situation may help you know how to fix the problem yourself or better know what the repair options are before calling a professional.
Scotch Plains Plumbing Repairs – Garbage Disposals
First, be sure you know a little about the anatomy of your garbage disposal. In all disposals, there are essentially four different places a leak can occur. They are: the sink flange, the dishwasher connector, the drain piper, or the garbage disposal itself. The first, the sink flange, connects the top of the garbage disposal to the bottom of the sink drain. This is probably the most common place to find a leak. The second, the dishwasher connection, is the one which usually has a rubber hose connected to the disposal on the side. The drainage pipe of the system will probably have a metal or plastic pipe that funnels water and food away from the sick into the sewer. This place also has some chance of leaking. And the last is the actually garbage disposal unit. So believe it or not, three times out of four, the leak of your garbage disposal is not really from your garbage disposal at all.
Next, you will need to identify the source of the leak. First, dry the outside of the garbage disposal and the sink flange so you can easily find any new moisture or wetness from the actual leak. Placing a stopper in the sink will allow water to fill in order to better identify if the leak is coming from the sink flange. If after a few minutes the disposal under the sink is still dry, it is not coming from the sink flange. BUT, if you notice the leak, you have identified the problem! At least initially.
If you know that the sink flange is not the source of the leak, because under your sink is still dry at this point, remove your drain stopper and watch closely around the disposal. At this point you should be able to see where the dripping is coming from, either the dishwasher hose, the drain pipe, or another part of the disposal. Hopefully it will be pretty clear. Depending on where the leak is will depend on what is the appropriate fix and if it is something you’d like to try on your own or not.
Determining whether or not to attempt a do it yourself fix on your garbage disposal is completely up to you and your comfort level with pluming repairs. If you have any doubts at all, consider calling a local professional who specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling (like Good Tidings Comfort!). While fixing a leaky sink flange can be pretty easy, repairing a cracked seal in the garbage disposal itself may mean it’s time for a new garbage disposal. Check with a local professional to be sure you are making the right repairs in the right places and not just prolonging the inevitable!