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Dishwasher inlet is completely sealed

Replaced our Badger with a new one. Dishwasher airflow created a waterfall of water every time we ran the diswasher. After replacing airflow unit and still no change, we took out the new Badger. Found the inlet had NO HOLE. Do we drill it out or take it back for a replacement at Home Depot with no packaging or receipt?

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  • Jerry Pittman Feb 07, 2009

    My Badger will not receive the diswater waste and upon inspection the hole in the side of the Badger designed to receive this waste water appears sealed or shut off. Please help.

  • babyblue3118 Feb 14, 2009

    is it something you have to tap pretty hard? like making a whole for the dishwasher water to go thought or does it just open up?

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Your inlet hole has to be opened up. Use a screw driver to tap the plastic plug and it will open. good luck.

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Badger 5 is about 15 years old and is leaking from the bottom -- from the reset button, the plate on the bottom, and around the electric cord. Can I fix it or does it need replacing?


Once disposal rusts out, it needs replacement.
Usually if sink basket seal is broken or if dishwasher attachment is leaking, you can feel water near top of disposal.
Use paper towel at top to see if that area is wet.
If top area is dry, then water is coming from inside disposal, and disposal is rusted out.

If sink seal is still good, we used to buy same brand disposal and re-attach to same sink basket. That's the quick fix.
If this is inside your home, you probably want to install new sink basket that comes with disposal.

To install new disposal, also buy container of plumber's putty to seal sink basket.
Remove disposal.
Clean off old putty on sink. It will chip off easily.
Apply finger-thick amount of plumbers putty to sink opening.
Set disposal sink basket into putty and push down.
Tighten screws on bottom of sink basket.
Wipe away excess plumber's putty from sink so it looks nice and smooth.

Before lifting disposal into place, attach electric wires and attach dishwasher hose to disposal.
Use hammer and screwdriver to remove steel blocker located inside dishwasher stem ... the blocker is left in place if no dishwasher hose is attached.
Disposals can be different: But here's the usual sequence:
Lift disposal with one hand and hold level. Push up strong while rotating attachment ring until ring grabs bottom of sink basket.
If you cannot lift disposal with one hand while rotating attachment ring with other hand, use small bottle jack from auto-parts store. And put piece of wood between bottle jack and aluminum disposal so disposal doesn't break.

Here's how to handle tubular pipes below sink:
Any tubular pipe joint that moved while removing or installing disposal, has to be taken apart, cleaned and re-attached.
If washers are plastic, then clean and re-use.
If washers are rubber, then replace each washer with new rubber washer.
When reattaching tubular pipes, apply generous amount of rectorseal over each plastic or rubber washer for first-time seal of tubular pipes.

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Nov 18, 2010 | 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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I unclogged the GD by removing the pipes underneath and replaced them tightly. GD seems to be working fine now, but water is slowly leaking from underneath the GD! It appears to be leaking from the...


The leak comes from above where water comes out.

Turn off power before touching wet electrical appliance.

Put stopper in disposal.
Fill sink with water.
Check if water is getting through the putty seal at sink connection.

Next, check if water leaks only when dishwasher runs. Dishwasher drains into garbage disposal.

Last, check tailpiece where it attaches to side of garbage disposal. The tailpiece is usually sealed with a rubber washer. When washer is old, it gets deformed, and then it doesn't seal perfectly when put back.

I use rectorseal on all tubular pipe joints under the sink.
Works on both plastic and rubber washers.
It is gooey and sticky.
Brush it all over the washer, use plenty, then assemble pipes.
The rectorseal assures that joint will not leak.

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Oct 25, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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The diswasher drain connection is blocked in the new badger 5 that I just bought and installed and the dishwasher cannot drain and it runs up out of the drain line and goes out on to the counter...what am...


You are missing that the plug needs to be removed on a new disposer. All new units have this port sealed as not every install will have a diswasher...Take the unit out, and look in the hole, woopsies. Push it out with a screwdriver and a hammer. this blockage would cause the water to come out of the vacuum break on the counter.
Fortunately not a big problem to repair.

Oct 05, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I have a badger 5 plus and it started to leak water from the bottom of it. Please let me know if there's a seal I can buy and replace .


Hi,
A new seal costs more then a new disposal..


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

Sep 19, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Drips from bottom of Inskerator Badger 5


Hi,
Obviously you didn't like what I answered you before, but if that is not the case and the leak is infact coming out of the bottom of the disposal then you are really not going to like the bad news I have for you now...
I had to remove a disposal today to fix a sink that is exactly like yours, so I took a close look at it an the bottom line is that if you are getting water out of the motor then you have a seal leaking where the motor shaft goes into the grinder part.
From what I can see on from this exploded diagram that is not even repairable and the part you would need is not available.....
So... it looks like you need to look for a new one... or check to see if you have had it less then two years...they do have a two in home warranty...

sorry I can't give you better news...

heatman101

May 07, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Internal leak water from electrical access


take a look at the seal in between the connection, see it there is a crack, replace it

Nov 06, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Water leaking from bottom of Badger 5 Plus


There is a metal ring on the 'top' of the disposal. It's underneath the sink, on the top. Put a screw driver in and turn it (CW) to tighten it and it will quit leaking.

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