How to Replace a Garbage Disposal Splash Guard

A sink with a garbage disposal.
  • 1 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 10
What You'll Need
Flat-head screwdriver
Garbage disposal splash guard
What You'll Need
Flat-head screwdriver
Garbage disposal splash guard

A garbage disposal splash guard can be challenging to replace. This, like any other do it yourself home repair project, can be difficult if you don't have the right information.

Step 1 - Turn off the Breaker Switch that Controls You Garbage Disposal

You should never take chances with your safety. The first rule of every job that involves electricity is to turn off the breaker so that you don't get hurt.

Step 2 - Remove the Drain Pipe form the Disposal

You should start the project by removing the drain pipe from the side of the garbage disposal. This requires that use of a flat blade screwdriver. You should loosen the screws by turning them in a counter-clockwise direction until they come out of the garbage disposal.

Step 3 - Separate the Garbage Disposal From the Sink

Wedge the screwdriver between the dog ears where the sink meets the garbage disposal. Push it in a clockwise direction about 1/4 of a turn. The garbage disposal will unlock and fall off of its sink mount.

Step 4 - Remove the Old Garbage Disposal Splash Guard

Now is the big moment. You are going to reach into the garbage disposal and remove the garbage disposal splash guard.

Step 5 - Make Sure the Garbage Disposal is Clean on the Inside

Make sure that you have checked your garbage disposal to make sure that nothing has fallen down inside the disposal unit. Over the years of use a lot of things get dropped down your garbage disposal and now is the best time to remove them.

Step 6 - Put the new Garbage Disposal Splash Guard back in the Disposal

It's time to put the brand new garbage disposal splash guard back in the garbage disposal. Just put it back in the same place that you just removed the old one from and you will have replaced your garbage disposal splash guard.

Step 7 - Put the Garbage Disposal Back in Place

Now all you have to do is put the garbage disposal back in place on its mount, in the unlocked position. Use the screwdriver to put it back in place. Give a good push on the handle of the screwdriver, making sure that the garbage disposal is in place where it's supposed to be.

Step 8 - Replace the Drain Pipe

Make sure that you have put the drain pipe back where it belongs. Your garbage disposal splash guard should last awhile now. It should keep the food and water out of your face.

Step 9 - Turn the Breaker Switch on again

Turn the electric breaker switch that you turned off back on again and you’re ready to test your new garbage disposal splash guard.