If cleaned regularly and if your disposal is used sparingly, the rubber gasket that acts as the splash guard on your garbage disposal will serve you well for many years. However, wear and tear will eventually make the gasket brittle or cracked. You will need to replace it to ensure your disposal keeps on working as efficiently as before. There is no excuse not to replace it as they are inexpensive to buy and do not take long to change.
Five Easy Steps to Replace your Splash Guard
- Get your tools together. You will need a bucket, a replacement splash guard and a screwdriver specific to the types of screws that connect the drain pipe and dishwasher line to the disposal. You may also want to clear out the space below the sink you will be working under. Make sure the disposal is disconnected from the power source by unplugging it and testing it by flipping the switch. You may need an extra pair of hands to get it done in a timely manner, so enlist the help of family or a friend.
- Once you are all set to work, disconnect the drain pipe that extends from the disposal to the wastewater line, and the line that connects the disposal to the dishwasher, if you have a separate line. There may be water in these pipes, so have your bucket ready and position the pipes down into the bucket when you disconnect them to allow them to drain fully.
- Loosen the locking ring that holds the disposal to its mount. Use your screwdriver to turn the ring counter-clockwise by placing it in one of the cone shaped fittings on the edge of the ring.
- Make sure you support the disposal with one hand as you loosen the ring with the other. The disposal will drop straight down once the ring is fully loosened. Place the disposal to one side.
Remove the splash guard from the disposal. It sits like a lid on top of the disposal and should be easy to peel off. Wipe the top of the disposal before putting the new guard on.
- With that done, you only need to reassemble the disposal. This is the trickiest part of the process and where an extra pair of hands or extra support from sturdy objects is helpful. You will need to hold the disposal in place while you tighten the locking ring. This can be done by stacking objects to act as a pedestal for the disposal or having family or friends assist you, if there is space for both of you to lie on your backs in the cupboard. Once attached, reconnect the drain and dishwasher lines and reconnect the power. Test that it all works correctly by flipping the switch.
In five easy steps you can ensure your disposal is up and running again with a new, clean splash guard that will protect you from any water when using your disposal.