Friday, February 7, 2014

I Am Going to Need a Bigger Bucket

I'm standing in front of my kitchen sink and suddenly my socks are getting soaked. At first I thought I had tracked it in with my snow boots, but that proved wishful thinking.

What you see is deceptive because the leak is not actually in the bottom of the unit, but more likely in the seal between the disposal blades and the electric engine. If I were handy I could take it apart and replace the seal, but I'm not handy and the unit has been in service for 8.5 years, ancient for a modern appliance.

I don't have time right now to call a plumber and wait around for one to show up. Plus the independent plumber I like has either retired or just stopped returning my phone calls. So I guess I'm going to need a bigger bucket.

I suppose there might be something I could pour down the sink drain and let sit overnight that would form a good seal. That has bad idea written all over it.


buddeshepherd said...

I suppose you don't have a double sink with the disposal on one side like we had. If so then of course you could just plug one side of the sink.
We had trouble with ours when it got a bunch of gunk in the disposal which backed the water up a little bit and made it leak around the sink/disposal seal. I poured hot water down it and and rain it which cleared it out.
However, I'm betting it is not that simple. It never is. I'm in favor a the bigger bucket idea.

MuddyValley said...

I'm not that familier with disposal units, but it might be a good idea to unplug it if you think the water is flooding the motor.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Hot water is a miracle worker. After running hot water through the kitchen sink, and the bathroom sink which has also been running slow, I seem to have the problem under control.

I will still need to replace the garbage disposal eventually, and I suppose I should clean the traps too at some point.