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How to remove a garbage disposal splash guard?

Garbage disposal splash guards are installed on the sink to help contain the splashing and sloshing of water that happens during the use of your garbage disposal. Removing and replacing a splash guard becomes inevitable if it gets cracked and doesn’t perform its duties well.

Splash guards can be removed easily, involving little to no effort depending upon the model and type of splash guard it has. I will discuss the method in detail in this article, so keep reading!

A new splash guard doesn’t cost a lot, and it is relatively easy to remove and replace. So, there is no excuse to put off this work for the unforeseeable future!

Let us understand a few basic things about splash guards before we get to the actual task of removing the old guard and putting a new one in its place.

What is a splash guard?

A garbage disposal splash guard is a piece of rubber that prevents food and liquids from splashing out of your sink when you’re running your garbage disposal. It also contains unwanted items to go down the drain or into the disposal.  Garbage disposals are universal as they fit the same sinkhole size, but the splash guards are not universal. They have different shapes and types, and they fit on various disposals differently.

Why does the splash guard need to be removed?

The reason is simple: they deteriorate over time and need to be replaced! 

Splash guards can be very unhygienic if they’re not kept clean, so it’s better to remove and replace them than to leave them in place. Moreover, garbage disposal splash guards will become worn with use. When you replace them, your disposer should work better and last longer. In addition, sometimes, you need to remove the splash guard if you require unjamming the disposal blades.

Is it easy to remove a splash guard?

Some garbage disposal models have a removable splash guard. So, you can just lift them out through the sinkhole and clean them or replace them with a new one easily when needed. However, some models have splash guards fixed on to the disposal under the sink, and we have to unhook the disposal from the sink to remove and replace the splash guard.

You can always hire a professional to do it for you, but if you like DIYing, it is an effortless job to do on your own and can save you some money as well! Also, it’s better to seek assistance from a family member when disconnecting the disposal as it makes the task easier. Moreover, removing and replacing a fixed splash guard will usually take about 15 to 20 minutes.

Which garbage disposals have a removable splash guard?

The Waste King’s garbage disposals have a removable splash guard which sits into the sinkhole instead of going underneath the sink into the disposal. It makes removing and replacing the splash guard a straightforward task and saves you from the hassle of unhooking the disposal from the sink.

InSinkErator has some models with removable splash guards, such as Evolution Excel, which comes with an easy-to-remove splash guard. While Badger series does not have a removable splash guard making it a bit difficult to remove the splash guard when needed.

Moen’s Chef Series, Prep Series, Lite Series, and Host Series all come with a removable splash guard making your life easier when you have to reach out and clean under your splash guard!

How to remove a garbage disposal splash guard?

Here’s how to remove garbage disposal splash guards so you can keep your disposal working in excellent condition!

DIsconnect power supply

Turn off your disposal at the breaker if your disposal is hardwired. If you have plugged it in under the sink socket, unplug it. Confirm to ensure it is turned off before working on it.

If the splash guard is removable

It is much easier to remove this type of splash guard. Grab the flaps of the splash guard with a pair of pliers and turn counterclockwise to loosen it from the disposal drain, and lift it away from the disposal with a firm grip.

If the splash guard is under the sink

When the splash guard is attached between the disposal and the sink flange, disconnect the disposal from the sink. Be careful not to damage the drain pipes by resting the disposal on support. Pull out the old splash guard and put a new one in place of it. Reconnect the disposal and turn on the power to confirm it is working fine.

Here is a detailed guide to removing a garbage disposal.

Wrap up

This article covers everything from the different types of garbage disposal splash guards to removing a splash guard. So, you can finally take care of your disposal yourself and not have to call an expensive plumber every time something goes wrong, and you have to remove the splash guard.

Further Reading:

My name is Thomas Anderson, and I have worked briefly as a plumber. Even though I am currently working on a different career path I still help out my friends and family with their plumbing issues. This is a hobby blog where I share my knowledge with the audience through random articles. Through this blog, I hope to address some common questions about garbage disposals.