A leaking garbage disposal can usually be attributed to a problem with the gasket between the disposal connector and the sink, or between the locking ring and the drain. Find out how to use a screwdriver to tighten a compression ring with help from a remodeling specialist in this free video on garbage disposals.
Hi I'm Tim Gipson, I'm going to talk to you about how to fix a garbage disposal that leaks. Now there is a couple of areas that we will need to check when we are looking for a leak in a garbage disposal. So if you have got some evidence in your sink that you have got some leaking, then it could be a possibility that it's the gasket between the garbage disposal connector and the sink, or it could be between the locking ring from the garbage disposal to the connector, the drain, or it could be this drain coming from the dishwasher. And this flexible piece actually comes out of the dishwasher, comes in and empties into the top of the garbage disposal. Here is your drain that goes out to the main drain line. So what we would look for is we would run water, if we see any evidence around here, then all we need to do is take a screwdriver and tighten this compression ring here, and that has a rubber seal, and that would take care of that. Up here if we run the dishwasher and find that this one is leaking, then all we have got to do is we have got to tighten this compression ring. If it is leaking in this area, then what we need to do is make sure that this compression ring here that attaches the garbage disposal to the fitting, we would want to tighten that clockwise to make sure it is secure up in there. If we find that it is leaking up here in this gasket between the fitting and the sink, then what we would need to do is rotate this counter clockwise and detach the garbage disposal. And before you do that, we want to make sure we remove this fitting here, since this is a fixed pipe. Because we don't want the weight of the garbage disposal would break this pipe. So we would detach it here, and take this ring counter clockwise, and drop it down, and then we would tighten, there are three screws, which tighten this flange up to the sink itself. So we would simply tighten those screws, reattach our garbage disposal, and then run water and check for leaks. Now if it is leaking somewhere out of the housing itself, then you are going to need to completely replace your garbage disposal. Put a new one in. So again we will check the drain, the drain from the dishwasher, and then also the attach point and the connector to the garbage disposal. And those would be the areas that you would check. Most of the time you can just tighten something up, it will take care of your leak. So I'm Tim Gipson, and that is how to fix a leak on a garbage disposal.
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