Water damage is one of the most difficult disasters to deal with. A leaking sink can flood your cabinets, create mold and cause thousands of dollars of damage. I have prepared a relatively simple and inexpensive fix to repair a leaking garbage disposal without the hassle of calling a plumber and spending a larger amount of money. This fix requires a screw driver, a hammer or chisel and Plumber's Putty.

  1. Unplug the garbage disposal from the power source.
    • Unplug the garbage disposal from the power source.

    • Be sure to place the wall plug in a dry location for the duration of the fix.

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  2. Loosen and disconnect the dishwasher drain hose from the garbage disposal unit.
    • Loosen and disconnect the dishwasher drain hose from the garbage disposal unit.

    • Do so by loosening the clamp and unscrewing the screws with a flathead screwdriver.

    • Remove the screws and pull the gray tube from the disposal.

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    • Remove the three screws from the flange at the top of the garbage disposal unit. These screws are at the top right above the black disposal box.

    • Disconnect lock-nut at flange.

    • Adequate lighting is imperative for this step.

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    • Use screwdriver to turn locking ring counter clock-wise disengaging drain hose and disposal.

    • You will be able to hear the locking ring come undone after pushing it forcefully to the left.

    • Disposal will drop down. When disposal falls catch and place on bottom of sink.

    • Move from underneath the sink to the top of the sink.

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    • To remove flange you will push from underneath the sink with one hand and pull it out through the top of the sink with your other hand.

    • Scrape off ALL excess putty from flange and sink.

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    • Remove small ball of putty and roll into golf ball shape.

    • Roll flat until putty becomes snakelike shape approximately 3/4 inch diameter.

    • Be sure that putty is long enough to wrap completely around flange.

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    • Roll into snake-like shape until long enough to fit fully around flange.

    • Wrap around flange and place flange back into sink.

    • Press down hard into sink and remove any excess Plumber's Putty.

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    • Reassemble flange and garbage disposal reversing steps.

    • Put sink stopper in and fill up sink approximately halfway. Remove stopper and check underneath sink for leak.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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