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Water leaks from one screw hole in bottom of disposal- how to fix?

Water leaks from one screw hole on bottom of disposal when running disposal.

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These holes are probably due to wear, as they are at about the level of the cutter. In general, residential disposals are not repairable and once they begin to leak, they must be replaced. The Badger series is Insinkerator's budget line and probably has about a 5 year lifespan with normal use.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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After seeking the answers in solving my problem I decided to just replace the old disposal with a new one. Considering the costs it was easier to replaced than to repair. It the end it would result that I still had a disposal that was old and could develop problems down the road. Thank you

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

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Here is a tip that I wrote about how and where a garbage disposal will leak and what can be done to fix it.


Garbage Disposal Leak from bottom of motor

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SOURCE: Water leaking out of bottom of unit, near reset

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Here is a tip that I wrote about how and where a garbage disposal will leak and what can be done to fix it.


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Here is a tip that I wrote about how and where a garbage disposal will leak and what can be done to fix it.


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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.

on Sep 23, 2010 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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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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Insinkerator leaks water from the bottom. this is when water runs through. no difference if the unit is running or not


There is no repair, just replace the unit. Once they start leaking, that is fatal. you could not repair for less than replacement of the unit.

Jan 21, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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My insinkerator Badger 5 is leaking from the bottom. It runs, but water runs out of all spots on the bottom; including the ara where the conduit runs into the unit - please help!


Hi,
My bet is that the garbage disposal in not what is leaking... the connection to the bottom of the sink is leaking and running down the sides of the disposer...
Look higher and you will find your leak..

How is the best way to use a Garbage Disposal
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4062792-best_way_use_garbage_disposal

heatman101

May 04, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Water leaking from bottom of disposal where


Hi,

Here is a tip that I wrote about how and where a garbage disposal will leak and what can be done to fix it.


Garbage Disposal Leak from bottom of motor

heatman101


t

Feb 12, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Water leaking from bottom of disposal. coming out of an open hole on bottom.


After seeking the answers in solving my problem I decided to just replace the old disposal with a new one. Considering the costs it was easier to replaced than to repair. It the end it would result that I still had a disposal that was old and could develop problems down the road. Thank you

Oct 08, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Water leaks from two locations on my Badger 5, 1/2 hp disposal


These holes are probably due to wear, as they are at about the level of the cutter. In general, residential disposals are not repairable and once they begin to leak, they must be replaced. The Badger series is Insinkerator's budget line and probably has about a 5 year lifespan with normal use.

Dec 20, 2008 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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