Whenever there are signs of a water leak below the ones Mansfield kitchen sink, find out if the water is leaking while the garbage disposal is going. If it is, there can be several various issues. The good news is, many problems with garbage disposals which cause leaks are a quite simple plumbing repair to manage oneself.
While the water may appear to be trickling from underneath the disposal, the leak might actually be somewhere else. There are 4 main areas that tend to leak. They are, the sink flange, the dishwasher hose, the drain, and the bottom of the garbage disposal. Keep reading to find out more about the common issues with garbage disposal leaking and ways to mend them.
The sink flange is where the garbage disposal and the sink link up. To figure out if this is the problem, plug the sink and fill it slightly below 1/2 way with water. Pour food coloring into the water. If there is any water dripping before the sink gets unplugged, the problem is definitely with the sink flange. In this case , the sink flange seal is likely worn out. In order to fix this problem, one will have to remove the garbage disposal from the sink and seal the flange up again.
Drain Line or Dishwasher Hose
If there was no water dripping before the sink was unplugged, unplug it to identify the origin of the leak. The dishwasher hose is pretty easy to find. It is where the hose and the garbage disposal connect. The drain line is where the drainage pipe and the disposal connect. Both of these issues will also be resulting from a damaged seal. In any case, the seal will, again, have to be fixed. However, the procedure for resealing the disposal’s connection to the dishwasher hose or the drain pipe can differ dependant upon the disposal.
Garbage Disposal Basin
In cases where the water is trickling directly from the underside of the garbage disposal, the seals in the basin are probably damaged. These seals can be repaired, however, there are several seals inside the garbage disposal. Therefore, if one breaks, yet another break will, often, soon follow. In this scenario, it will be a better decision to have the garbage disposal swapped out.
In cases where the garbage disposal is still causing issues or there continue to be signs of water problems at the bottom of the sink cabinet, contact us. We will get the necessary Mansfield plumbing repair accomplished quick.