Defective garbage disposal and drains can make your home smell really bad. Soggy and rotting garbage can emit a horrible smell that is not easy to get rid of. Fortunately, you can easily keep your garbage disposal from leaking by replacing the old pipes and fixing any damage to your garbage disposal system. To replace the defective pipes in your garbage disposal system, here is what you should do.
Step 1 – Inspect the Garbage Disposal System
Before you attempt to replace the pipes on your garbage disposal system, take the time to inspect your system for any signs of wear and tear. To take a better look at your garbage system, you may need to empty your garbage bins and pipes first. If your garbage disposal system is directly connected to your sink, turn off the water supply to your sink before you attempt to inspect the pipes.
Step 2 – Remove Debris from the Pipes
There may be some debris stuck inside the pipes of your garbage disposal system. Put a bucket at the loose end of the pipe and then flush the pipe with water. After flushing the pipe with water, inspect it again for any remaining debris. Repeat the procedure until there is no more debris left inside the pipe.
Step 3 – Repair and Replace Damaged Parts
If your garbage disposal system is old, you will probably find a few things that need fixing and changing. To determine which parts can be fixed and which needs changing, check the components of your garbage disposal one by one. Sort out all potential problems in your garbage disposal system before you install the new pipes on your drain.
Step 4 – Replace the Pipes
To replace damaged pipes, use a wrench to loosen the rings that are holding the pipes together. If your pipes are connected through plastic rings, put a rag or old towel around the ring before you use the wrench to twist it loose. The rag or the old towel will prevent the wrench from causing damage on the surface of the plastic ring.
After removing the pipes' rings, remove the damaged pipes and replace them with new ones. Make sure that the pipes are snugly connected to each other before you put the rings in their places. Put the gaskets in place to make sure that the pipes do not leak at the joints. Once the pipes and the gaskets are in place, put the rings in their places and tighten them. If you are using plastic rings, it is best to tighten the plastic rings with your hands. Note that plastic rings can crack and break easily, so as much as possible, do not use a wrench to tighten them.
Step 5 – Reattach the Pipes to the Garbage Disposal System
After replacing the pipes, attached the end of the pipe to the garbage disposal system.