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  • ReliableRick Mar 12, 2009

    I have water coming from the bottom of the garbage disposal, even if water is running down the other drain of a double sink. The water also appears to be coming out where the power cord goes in, and no where else. Is it worth trying to fix a five year old 1/3 HP disposal?

  • espiritone Mar 15, 2009

    Hi Harvey the Master Plumber,

    I just bought an older home and before I bought it, I had the drain pipes under the sink replaced. I used the garbage disposal (Emerson E202) several times with no problem, but now the double sink is clogged and the water passes between both sinks but won't go down. Help me if you can. Thanks.

    Espiritone

  • bsuewarner19 May 02, 2009

    Oh so sad that we have to endure this...and yes we have the same "leaking from the bottom where the cord is" problem. I would like to get this fixed and am having my husband working on it as I type. He swears he wants to sell the house! We will try to repair it with the advice you guys passed on. Wish me luck...I'd like to keep this house.

  • Anonymous Sep 25, 2013

    The same thing is happening to my garbage disposal in Brampton right now. I think I might have to call a plumber. Wish me luck!

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If it's leaking directly from the bottom, then it's the flywheel seal. For about $20 you can fix this by unplugging and disconnecting the garbage disposal from the sink, taking it apart and replacing the flywheel seal. I've had to do this only once in my entire life, so it is rare, but happens.

If the leaks comes from somewhere else and just happens to drip along the side and looks like it's coming from the bottom, then you've got problems with the installation. You may be able to fix these types of leaks by tightening the mounting bracket and/or hoses.

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Hi anand0012003,

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

Your problem is: garbage disposal leaking water from bottom

Please be carefull. Sometimes it looks like it's leaking from the bottom when in truth it's leaking from above and running down the back. I would be surprised if it was leaking through the motor, very rare. More likely it's leaking at the connection to the sink or where the disposal connects to the collar or at the outlet. Use a light and stick your head in the cabinette. Look closely with water running. Once you find it for sure, it's just a mater of taking it apart and putting it back together correctly.

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Same water leak. Drain was backed up. I had purchased a new disposal, since I thought it was the problem. Before install, I took the p-trap out. Full of rice! So I got the nasty old snake and ran it down as far as I could, about six feet. I then took a hose from outside and ran water through the line at high pressure. Line was now clear. Hooked my pipes back up. And no more water leaking from the disposal. The disposal was dry at the time. I filled the breaker on, and everything worked fine! Saved $90. Took 1.5 hours. It's nasty, but I wore rubber gloves. Be patient and careful, it might work for you.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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water is bot leaking at the reset button, it is let by it.The motor seal is defective allowing water to enter the housing.. Not much,if anything can be done at the consuner level except replacement of complete unit. Call insinkerator, It never hurts to try getting their help. Somtimes if the unit is not very old they WILL help.

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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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