Disposal Leak

Discussion in 'General Home Improvement Discussion' started by april1979rams, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Jan 9, 2014 #1

    april1979rams

    april1979rams

    april1979rams

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    my emerson e30-5 is leaking from the bottom underneath my sink. any ideas what could be causing this to happen? there is nothing clogging it up and it doesnt make any weird noises.
     
  2. Jan 9, 2014 #2

    bud16415

    bud16415

    bud16415

    Fixer Upper Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    Messages:
    4,657
    Likes Received:
    1,598
  3. Jan 9, 2014 #3

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,651
    Likes Received:
    594
    Disposal leaks happen from three locations typically. (1) the plumber's putty has failed in the sink, (2) the pipes are loose or the seal rings are cracked, (3) a leak has developed internally, allowing water to rust out the bottom of the disposal.

    You need to inspect the disposal closely with a strong light. Run water in the sink and run the disposal. Looks for the leak source. If it is #3, replace the unit. If it is #2, remove and replace the necessary pipes (p-trap is typical).

    If it is #1, you need to remove the unit and clean the top flange and the sink hole. Roll the plumber's putty into a snake and apply it to the underside of the flange before you drop it into the sink hole. Re-mount the disposal. The putty should squeeze nicely around the perimeter of the flange in the sink. Clean the excess.

    You can find "how-to" videos on Youtube showing the step-by-step installation. Bud's video omits the snap ring step which is essential.

    Disposal.jpg

    disposals-diagram.jpg
     
    kok328 and nealtw like this.
  4. Jan 10, 2014 #4

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,897
    Likes Received:
    3,118
    Don't for get to check the connection for the dishwasher hose. And welcome to the site.
     
  5. Jan 10, 2014 #5

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,651
    Likes Received:
    594
    Right on Neal! The drain piping (p-trap and others) are only part of the system. That pesky dishwasher hose can leak too and the water would drip from the base of the disposal.

    Under-sink plumbin is always such a fun adventure! (NOT)

    BAD SINK.jpg
     
    nealtw likes this.

Share This Page