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Garbage Disposal Leak from bottom of motor

If you have a garbage disposal and you find that it is leaking then you need to first of all figure out where exactly the water is coming from. The reason is that depending on where it is leaking from will determine whether it is easily fixable or if it would be better to just replace the entire garbage disposal.

With this is mind the best way to find the leak is to put the plug in place and fill the sink with water. Then place a food coloring or non-toxic dye into the water. Red often is a very easy color to spot under your sink. Then let the water down the sink with the disposal running. If the water runs down the side of the garbage disposal then you have a leak at the seal where the garbage disposal hooks up to the sink. This can easily be fixed by removing the garbage disposal, cleaning the old plumbers putty off of the ring and sink bottom, and then reinstalling the garbage disposal.

If you do not see any water coming down the sides, but it comes out the drain pipe, then the drain may be clogged and/or the seals for the drain piping are bad. The seals can easily be tightened. They may have come loose from the vibration of the motor or just the expansion and contraction that occurs from hot and cold water going down the drain lines. If the drain lines are clogged a garbage disposal safe drain cleaner can be used or the drain can be taken apart, cleaned and snaked.

If you have the dreaded water coming out of the bottom of the garbage disposal then you have the worst problem. The internal seals that are to prevent the water coming into the motor where the shaft goes through to the actual grinding chamber have deteriorated to the point where they no longer keep the water from coming into the motor. The water will make its way down through the motor and run out the weep hole or the reset button.
These seals are replaceable, but a new motor is needed for a complete fix on many garbage disposals. Because of this, many times the parts to repair this leak will be at least 75% the cost of a new garbage disposal. This makes repairing your garbage disposal, not a very good option. Replacing the whole unit is often the best way to go to make sure you have a fix that will last for a longer period of time.

That should cover all of the potential ways that your garbage disposal can leak. Hopefully you are able to pinpoint the leak and make the correct call to fix your leaking garbage disposal.

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garbage disposal has small hole in main body leaking water


Replace disposal.
The disposal will rust over time, and develop leak... no repairs are possible for that problem.
Following link has installation steps and tips for DIY disposals:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html

Gene

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Feb 20, 2015 | Garbage Disposals

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leaking garbage disposal


1) Where is the leak coming from?
Copy following link for troubleshoot walk thru and replacement tips
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html

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Feb 10, 2013 | Emerson Evergrind E202 1/2 HP Garbage...

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my badger 5 disposal is leaking from the side whats wrong


Check where leak is coming from.
1) Run water until leak starts. Use dry paper towel near top of disposal to see if sink strainer is leaking.
2) Move paper towel down and check where dishwasher connects to disposal.
3) Move paper towel down to tubular drain tailpiece.

4) Water should run down side of disposal if sink strainer, dishwasher connection or tailpiece are leaking. You can fix these problems using tips below.

5) If disposal is rusted out, then water will leak out of bottom or side of disposal body.
There are no repairs or repair parts for disposals.

I wrote EZ installation tips for garbage disposal from when I worked apartment maintenance that will save time and sometimes money:
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

Feb 19, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I have insink badger 5 and it is leaking from the red reset button. How can I fix?


The reset button is where the water is coming out, but the leak is probably somewhere above that.
The disposal may be rusted out and needs to be replaced.
There are ways to check for source of the leak.

Turn off switch before touching any wet electrical appliance.

Test1) Put stopper in disposal.
Fill sink with water.
If water starts dripping from disposal, then the putty seal at the sink strainer could be leaking.
Use dry tissue up at top of disposal to see if tissue gets wet.
To repair, remove garbage disposal and reset strainer using plumber's putty.

Test2)
Check if water only leaks when dishwasher runs.
Dishwasher drains into garbage disposal.
Use dry tissue around dishwasher connection when you hear dishwasher draining

Test3)
A lot of leaks start at the tailpiece.

This is where the disposal drains into the tubular pipes.
Your disposal may have a manufactured tailpiece that doesn't come off
If tailpiece is removable, then it is connected to disposal with a rubber washer.
When washer gets old, it doesn't seal perfectly.
Remove tailpiece, it usually has 2 hex bolts.

When putting the tailpiece back, you need to seal the rubber washer really well.
I use rectorseal on all tubular pipe joints under the sink.
Works on both plastic and rubber washers.
Brush it all over the washer, use plenty, then reinstall tailpiece.
The rectorseal assures that joint will not leak.

If the above repairs don't work, then the disposal is rusted-out and needs to be replaced.
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Oct 26, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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