The Ins and Outs of Garbage Disposals

Regularly using your garbage disposal can not only help you in your kitchen, but it can also help to reduce waste that ends up in landfills. It is an appliance we don’t think about very often, but we have come to rely on its efforts.  When you’re looking for a disposal repair or need a new garbage disposal, we invite you to learn more about our plumbing services.

Understanding Garbage Disposals

Invented in 1927, the disposal has a pretty straightforward design that has changed little in the way it works. The garbage disposal is located and attached to, the underside of the sink. A spinning plate forces the waste into the grinding chamber walls, breaking it into bits that are washed through holes.

Installing a garbage disposal can benefit homeowners in several ways:

  • Drain clogs occur less frequently when a garbage disposal is present, this means less frustration and lower plumbing expenses.
  • Garbage disposals are to maintain and keep clean.  There isn’t much that you have to do to keep it clean and well maintained.
  • With a garbage disposal, you have less odors hanging around your kitchen.  Your food wastes are rapidly torn apart by the disposal and swept away.  There is no need to let your trash sit around and smell up your room.  This also eliminates the chance that you will have pests.
  • Having a garbage disposal makes it easier to clean your kitchen and clear the table.  Your leftover foods can go down the drain and washed away.
  • Having a garbage disposal is a great way to be eco-friendly.  When you grind your waste in your disposal, this leaves less to head off to the landfill.

You’ll want to remember that not everything that goes into your trash can goes into your garbage disposal. Potato peels, hard food scraps, grease, and oil should never be put through your garbage disposal.

The Ins and Outs of Garbage Disposals

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Choosing a garbage disposal is a pretty easy task.  They are readily available at local home improvement stores and appliance retailers. Select the motor size that is perfect for the usage you anticipate.  Smaller motors will require that you put in less at a time and only handle the softer foods.  If you need more power, look for a ¾ or 1 HP motor. When you’re ready to choose a garbage disposal, we are familiar with the units on the market, and we are ready to help you make the best choice for your home.

There are two feeds available – continuous or batch.

The continuous feed requires a flip of a switch and running of water.  You simply keep putting waste in as long as it keeps running.  Batch feed disposals begin to grind when you push the stopper into the drain and cannot work without that stopper being inserted.

The type of blade matters. Stainless steel blades are going to be easier to keep clean, won't rust, and work more efficiently to grind your food. If you are sensitive to noise or just want a quiet appliance, opt for one with sound baffles that will keep the noise at a minimum.

A garbage disposal with auto-reverse will change the rotation when something gets stuck in the grinder. This can help prolong the life of your disposal.

Most of the garbage disposals on the market are Emerson InSinkErator, with the others being manufactured by Waste King and MOEN. Two of the most popular InSinkErator’s are the Evolution and Badger models.  The Evolution model has SoundSeal technology that keeps ensures a quiet experience when using it.  They are made with stainless steel. The Badger model has a Dura-Drive induction motor.

Trust the Professionals to Handle Your Garbage Disposal Repair or Installation

Howell Services can help you choose a unit, repair your current unit, and handle your installations in Sugar Land and the surrounding communities.  We welcome you to give us a call or visit our website today. While you’re visiting our site, check out our current plumbing coupons.

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