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Garbage Disposals

Putting a garbage disposal in your kitchen can help solve the problem of what to do with the waste that is left when preparing food and cleaning up afterward. For example, a disposal makes cleaning up carrot and potato peelings a breeze because the peels can be washed down the drain without fear of clogging it up. Since the garbage goes down the drain, a garbage disposal also eliminates the hassle of storing messy, smelly garbage in the house, and it reduces the possibility of attracting unwanted animals and insects when the garbage is placed outside for removal. Using a garbage disposal is also an environmentally wise choice, as garbage is not dumped in land fills where it can seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply.

Disposals are installed under the sink and attached directly to the sink drain. Food scraps are washed down the drain into the disposal, where it is ground up into fine particles and flushed into the sewer system.Most garbage disposals made for residential use have 1/2 to 1 horsepower electric motors; the more powerful the motor, the bigger and tougher the disposalís capability. They come in a variety of price ranges, and they are easy to install.

If you are thinking of buying a garbage disposal, consider the following:

  • Check your plumbing system to see what kind of model is compatible with your sewer and other plumbing hookups. Look for disposals that have a dishwasher drain connection, so that the food waste from the dishwasher can also be ground up and flushed out through the disposal system. The water pumped out by the dishwasher will also help to keep your disposal clean.
  • A good quality disposal will be made with stainless steel grinding components. These will last longer than less durable materials.
  • Disposals can be noisy when they are operating. If you are concerned about noise, look for models that have sound baffles and units that are encased in an outer, sound deadening shell.
  • Desirable features include overload manual resets, corrosion protection shields, and anti-splash baffles. A handy addition is a wrench that can be used to fix the disposal if it jams.

Be sure to check local codes before installing a garbage disposal. Some areas do not allow them. If you have a septic tank, you may not be able to use a disposal at all, although there are garbage disposal that are made especially for septic systems.

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