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A Leaking Garbage Disposal Gasket Is No Good

The garbage disposal in your sink works hard to grind down all the food it consumes. Like other appliances, it wears down over time, and the first part to go is often a gasket. Here's what to do if you suspect you may have a leaking gasket.

Check Your Gaskets

Your garbage disposal consists of several gaskets to help whisk your food away. When one gasket starts leaking, it creates a ripple effect causing others to start leaking, too. The sooner you uncover a leaking gasket, the more likley you'll prevent a flood in your kitchen.

How to check your gaskets

  • Dry off the garbage disposal below your sink.

    You're going to turn on the water in a moment to see where the leak is coming from, so you want to start off dry.

  • Watch to see where the water reappears. If the water is coming from the waste connection, then it's likely the gasket. If the water is coming from the bottom of the disposal, then the seals are leaking and the disposal needs to be replaced.

Is your bottom gasket no good? If so, keep reading. If not, there are a couple of reasons for a leaking garbage disposal.

What to Do if Your Garbage Disposal's Gasket Is Leaking

While it's possible to replace your garbage disposal's gasket yourself, you may want to a hire a plumber if you're unfamiliar with the process. If all you need is a helping hand to diagnose the issue and get started, a Remote Assist tech would be happy to help.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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