Q: Lately, the cabinet under my kitchen sink has been getting mysteriously soggy. Could this be a symptom of a leaking garbage disposal? If so, how can I repair it myself?
Some forums can only be seen by registered members. We have an In-sink Erator disposal model which is leaking from the bottom housing unit as shown in the picture. The unit is about 6 years old.
However, no product is perfect and the Badger, like virtually any disposal, may need a little extra attention from time to time. While prevention serves as the most efficient form of troubleshooting, you can turn to a few manufacturer-recommended troubleshooting methods before calling in the professionals. An unclean garbage disposal full of debris or buildup can lead to everything from unsavory odors to sluggish performance.
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Even the most trustworthy garbage disposal will develop a leak from time to time; however, just because your food waste disposer has developed a leak does not necessarily mean that it needs to be replaced. There could be a lot of reasons behind this problem. In fact, the leaking can be observed from various parts of the unit.
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?
A leaking garbage disposal is something you might run across from time to time. Just because a garbage disposal is leaking does not always mean you need a new one. Doing a little bit of detective work and troubleshooting before replacing a garbage disposal can save you money.