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

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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

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The unit works, but if the water level gets too high, while operating, it begins to drip from the bottom of the unit. Nothing on the exterior is wet. Can it be fixed, or should I replace it? Where can I...

Where is leak coming from?
From the pipes or from bottom of disposal?
If leak is coming from tubular drain pipe or around dishwasher connection, then clean out disposal and repair connections.
If leak is at bottom of disposal, then disposal is probably rusted out and needs replacement.

To solve high water issue and leaking pipes.
Loosen 2 nuts on P-trap and trap falls loose. Then remove tailpiece that connects to side of disposal. Hang rag over opening on side of disposal so water is directed downward, then turn on water and disposal and flush out the clog. Clean trap and tubular drain, and then reassemble.

I wrote ez disposal replacement steps, that also show how to take apart and reassemble tubular drain pipes:

Aug 18, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...


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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Just got brand new sink, there are two holes at the bottom side of it and when i run the water, water comes out the hole on the right?

there should be two openings at the bottom, one for the drain to the drain line, and one towards the top for a dishwasher to drain into the garbage disposal. If you do not have a dishwasher, the top drain should come with a cap, and the lower drain is what the drain pipe gets tied to.

Jan 16, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Leaking from the bottom after removing something that got stuck in the spinning peace

Check a couple things.
Use paper towel and see if top of disposal is damp or wet. The basket strainer might have come loose and water is leaking down.
Fill sink and then release water all at once and check strainer basket and dishwasher hose.
Check where tubular pipe connects to side of disposal. Sometimes this joint can leak, and then water appears at bottom of disposal.

If top of disposal is dry and tubular pipe is not leaking, then disposal is suspect.
Disposals rust out, and dislodging something from cutter plate can open final crack.

If basket strainer is leaking, and disposal is older than 5-8 years, you might consider new disposal since disposal has to be completely removed to reseal basket strainer. See link below for basket strainer steps.

If it comes to this, I wrote tips for installing new disposal

Nov 28, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Water leaking from bottom of disposal where


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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My Maytag wide by side is leaking water from the

Yes. Your defrost drain hole in the lower rear of the freezer is frozen over with ice. Turn off the fridge. Remove the shelves and bins from the freezer side. Break up any ice on the floor of the freezer and dispose of it. Use a hair dryer to melt the ice over the drain hole in the rear portion of the freezer. Once it is clear pour a 1/4 cup of bleach into the drain hole.

Dec 20, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Water leaking out the bottome of the disposal.

Check WHERE the water is coming from... tie paper towels around the fittings... at the top of the elbow that comes out of the side of the disposal and points down, just below the compression nut where the vertical part of the elbow enters the P-Trap, below the nut on the other side of the P-Trap, below the nut on the bottom of the elbow where the vertical part of the P-Trap goes horizontal. DRY off the bottom of the cabinet and put a dry paper towel down...
NOW, run the water, get a good flashlight and see exactly where the water is coming from (the paper towels tied around the pipes will help you see which compression fitting is leaking) if the water is not coming from one of the joints, and is coming from the actual disposer housing, that housing may be cracked and need to be replaced. Otherwise, if you can find the compression fitting that is loose and leaking, tighten it. If that doesn't work, you may need to replace the compression ring (plastic washer) which you can buy at any HW store.

Oct 11, 2009 | Emerson Home

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Water is coming out the bottom of my Badger 1 disposal. Solution???

Check the fittings, the hoses could be loose... If the leak isn't coming from there then you have a seal leaking or a rust through that is causing water to leak and would need to replace the disposal.

Oct 06, 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.

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