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Garbage Disposal Leaks

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Our garbage disposal is leaking water, and the pipes to it are tight, and it runs OKand is not clogged. How do I determine what is wrong with it and if it can be repaired? Is there a seal on the inside that needs to be replaced, or do I need to buy a new one?
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If possible, remove the sound insulation around the outside of the disposer.

Feel around the top and outlet pipe (toilet paper is a good sensing means for small water leaks). You might find that the leak is between the sink bottom and the disposer. If the leak is from the bottom of the disposer (from inside) it is not worth repairing.
 

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If it's leaking at the sink connection and uses the In-sink-erator style connection they it is repairable. Any other style, any other problems just replace it. If it's a really slow leak check the sides, you'll often find some really fine hair line cracks it will leak out of. To make it easier to find the leak put the stopper in and fill the sink up to the top then pull the stopper and check. Usually makes the leak more noticeable then just when the faucet it running.
 
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