Friday, February 19, 2010

Garbage Disposal Leaks

A garbage disposal makes food preparation and clean-up a breeze: it breaks up food pieces to prevent them from clogging the sink drain, while reducing odors from decaying food. However, if your garbage disposal is leaking, it may be time for a tune-up. First, to avoid electric shock, it is important to make sure that the power is off (not just the switch that operates the garbage disposal). Next, inspect the screws on the drainage pipe. If they are loose, tighten them, then turn on the water to see if the garbage disposal is still leaking. In the area where the garbage disposal meets the sink, make sure that the bolts are tight. Check the plumber's putty. If water still leaks, you may need to apply more plumbers putty to the sink's flange. Wait until the putty is dry before you turn the water back on- and don't forget to turn the power back on as well!

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