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Water leaking from garbage disposal
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When I run the water in the sink, the water drips pretty steadily from the bottom of the garbage disposal. Does this mean it is time for a new one? Or might it be repairable? It is a Badger 5 Plus 5/8 HP Heavy Duty.

Thanks,
Mark

A. Spruce
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
A. Spruce

Water leaking from non-plumbing connections is NOT a good thing, this would indicate that the internal seals of the disposal have lost integrity. Unplug your unit immediately and replace it as soon as possible.

dj1
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
dj1

Run the water and look under the sink to make sure it's the unit that's leaking and not the plumbing, hose or flange.

Your unit has an expected life of about 3-5 years, depending on the use, what you throw in it, maintenance, cleaning, etc.

If you replace it with another ISE, you won't have to replace the flange, for an easier installation, and get one with a 3/4 HP motor - it will be stronger and quieter. If you choose another manufacturer (I use Waste King), your installation will be slightly harder, but still a 6 out of 10 on degree of difficulty.

Remember to unplug the unit before you start.

belowground
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
belowground

Thanks! I looked up prices on new ones and they were not as much as I feared. I'm going to pickup a new one.

Mark

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
HoustonRemodeler

On rare occasion they leak at the seal between the sink and the part that holds the GD in the air. Especially if someone (who shall remain nameless) refuses to admit they've been grinding small tree limbs or the stray fork.

Plug the drain, fill the sink with water, then see if you have a leak. If not, then pull the plug to look for a leak further down.

A. Spruce
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
A. Spruce
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

On rare occasion they leak at the seal between the sink and the part that holds the GD in the air. Especially if someone (who shall remain nameless) refuses to admit they've been grinding small tree limbs or the stray fork.

How else are you supposed to get rid of tree limbs, rocks, gravel, and small children?:p:cool:

dj1
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
dj1
A. Spruce wrote:

How else are you supposed to get rid of tree limbs, rocks, gravel, and small children?:p:cool:

"rocks" you mean boulders?

Add used oil and bones to the list.

bill
Re: Water leaking from garbage disposal
bill

If you do go with a 3/4 hp the drain connection might be lower. in some cases this might not be a problem but if the connection is lower than the drain look out.

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