The kitchen is the heart of most homes. It’s where we prepare and share our food, where we cook up great memories with friends and family. Yet for some reason, kitchens are often designed without including one essential feature: a garbage disposal
This is unfortunate because there are many reasons to have a garbage disposal in your kitchen; they make cleaning easy, save money on trash bags or taking them to the dumpster, and can be installed in any style you like! If you’re interested in installing one of these modern appliances into your current kitchen or building a new one from scratch, here are five reasons why every home should include a garbage disposal
What is a Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal is a home appliance that quickly grinds up food waste. It’s installed under the sink in your kitchen and includes a drainpipe to funnel food waste into it. There are two types of garbage disposals- continuous feed and batch feed. Each type is suited to different kitchen sink designs
Continuous Feed Garbage Disposals work with a feed tube under the sink that extends to the disposal unit, so you can put food down the drain any time it’s convenient for you (as long as it fits in the opening). This type of garbage disposal has a higher power requirement due to its high workload and requires more pipe running from the kitchen through existing walls. It also has a larger hole cut out under the sink (this is actually what we have).
Batch Feed Garbage Disposals use an air gap or splash guard to prevent liquids from entering the piping. This creates a smaller opening for food waste and makes it suitable for most standard kitchen sink designs (2-3 inch diameter). It also requires less power thanks to its reduced workload.
Batch feed models do not have a feed tube, so you can’t put food down the drain whenever you want (you’ll need to do some batch feeding which means throwing large chunks of food waste in at once). You also need to mash the food up so it fits through the hole. In our experience, this kind of garbage disposal ends up being more work than a continuous feed one even though they have fewer parts and are generally cheaper.
Why You Need A Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal will not only make your kitchen smell better than ever before but you’ll save money on the expensive bags or take them to the landfill. A garbage disposal might sound like a lot of work, but it will make cleaning up after dinner easier than ever before.
A garbage disposal is just like your kitchen sink, except it has an extra hole at the bottom to catch food scraps. As you rinse your dishes, the water goes down the drain in your sink then along a pipe out of your house and into pipes that lead to a treatment plant.
Ordinarily, your kitchen garbage goes into the trash can, and you take it out every few days. A garbage disposal instead takes any bits of food left on dishes or lettuce leaves from a salad that you wash off and sends them along with the water down the pipe to your house’s pipes and on to the treatment plant.
People think they will have to do extra work to get rid of food scraps, but all they have to do is just turn on the garbage disposal. If you have a garbage disposal, you can let your dishes soak in some warm water and carry them into the kitchen sink where they’ll be easier to clean.
If you don’t have a garbage disposal, you might think that this means buying more expensive trash bags or taking them out often so will not start stinking up your house. That is not the case. When all of those bits of lettuce leaves and small pieces of dinner roll are gone from your plate, it won’t matter because there’s no place for them to go except down the drain with that flow of water headed out toward a treatment plant.
When people have talked about getting a garbage disposal, they sometimes hear that it’s noisy. You will still be able to talk over the sink while your garbage disposal is running and if you have an extra quiet disposal, you might not even be aware that it’s on.
Another advantage is that there will be less of a smell in your kitchen than there would normally be with food scraps sitting around waiting for setup day at the dump or when taking them out to the landfill. The smell won’t even come from those little bits of meat or eggshells because they’ll get chopped up and taken along too.
If you had a compost bin outside where small pieces of vegetables could break down into fertilizer for plants, then having no place for lettuce leaves will end up costing you money. If you have to buy garbage bags or if you’re taking them out often, it might not seem like they are super expensive, but over the course of a year, they will add up to quite a bit.
People should take advantage of all the space in their house and save money by getting rid of their kitchen trash can and installing a garbage disposal instead. You’ll never be forced to deal with smelly garbage again, and you’ll end up saving time and money too.
The only real maintenance is replacing an occasional rubber part that chops food scraps as the blades dull from using it so much. This is very inexpensive and easy to do yourself. In fact, some come with a lifetime warranty on these parts; just make sure you send in the receipt and model number so they can verify if yours is included when you call.
If you have a garbage disposal, it’s going to work more or less all the time without creating much of an issue for you, unlike what could happen if you put food scraps into your trash can. What would happen if a trash bag split open or there was some kind of rodent problem that caused food waste to leak out onto the floor? You’d be dealing with a nauseating smell until that situation got resolved.
How To Choose The Right Size Garbage Disposal For Your Home
Garbage disposals come in many sizes with horsepower ratings ranging from 1/3 HP to 4 HP. A smaller motor means less power which can make your tasks take longer unless you’re just doing light duty. With that said, a larger motor provides power for tough jobs like grinding bones or fibrous foods such as corn husks or egg shells. A smaller motor will take those kinds of things, but it will just be more difficult for the machine to do it than a larger one. A garbage disposal’s horsepower rating refers to its ability to grind hard objects. If your kitchen sink has tough plumbing (for example, if you have very old pipes), you may need a 3/4 HP instead of a 1/3 HP disposal. The other thing that needs to be considered is how much water pressure your home has and whether any appliances are using water while the unit is running for a short time period (some dishwashers work this way).
We chose our garbage disposal by deciding on the size we needed first then searching for products that fit into that category . Our old disposal was 1/3 HP and we needed a replacement. We were able to find one that fit the bill perfectly – it was 3/4 HP, Continuous Feed, and of course, stainless steel. For your own project, you’ll want to decide what kind of plumbing fixture you have for the sink that you’re installing in as well as how much horsepower is needed to perform the necessary tasks like grinding hard objects or fibrous foods like corn husks.
Build It Yourself Or Buy One That’s Already Built?
It’s simple – if you have some basic knowledge about how things work, then go ahead and try building your own garbage disposal. You can certainly do it yourself and save money.
Otherwise, buy an already built model. You’ll probably save money and you can rest easy knowing that it was put together properly by experts who know what they’re doing. The garbage disposal we chose to install in our kitchen is one that we built ourselves – it was an easy DIY project for us, but if we didn’t have a good idea of how the parts went together or how to read diagrams correctly, then we would have returned the unit after trying to assemble it. If we got everything right though, this is a fairly straightforward process:
How to Install A Garbage Disposal in Your Kitchen
Installing a garbage disposal in your kitchen can be an easy DIY project if you follow the right steps. Here’s how to do it yourself:
1) Find out what type of garbage disposal you have- either Continuous Feed or Batch Feed,
2) Know the size of the hole that needs to be cut in your sink,
3) Get an idea of how much power you’ll need for your garbage disposal,
4) Decide what kind of sink stopper you want to use. (There are several options available and each has its own pros and cons).
5) Put together and install a mounting ring plate (this is where the rubber gasket will go) and thread on pipe connectors and P-trap (also known as an air admittance valve).
6) Attach rubber gasket to mounting ring plate with screws.
7) Level and tighten all fittings.
8) Run water to make sure everything is OK.
9) Turn on power and test it out!
How Do I Maintain My Garbage Disposal?
After installing your new garbage disposal, you’ll want to make sure that it runs smoothly and keeps working for years without much maintenance. Here are some tips on preventing problems and cleaning up after your garbage disposal:
1) Don’t put anything in your disposal that is not food waste and wash the leftover food particles off before rinsing it down. This includes fibrous foods like corn husks or egg shells – they may grind up OK, but they’re tough on the inside of a disposal’s grinding chamber and can cause damage over time. If you do grind something non-food related, try to limit how much you use.
2) Read your owner’s manual, it will have information about ways to prevent problems as well as cleaning tips and maintenance schedules for keeping things operating smoothly. It should also give basic troubleshooting tips so you don’t have to call a plumber when something goes wrong.
3) Don’t use harsh chemical drain cleaners. This is something that most people don’t realize – instead of making sure your garbage disposal runs smoothly by cleaning it and keeping the blades sharp, you can run into serious issues if you pour in a strong chemical drain cleaner. These things are very corrosive and they cause major damage to disposals within just a few uses. It’s better to play it safe and follow simple tips like not grinding up too much food or rinsing off leftovers before throwing them down the sink.
4) Keep your blades sharp – this will help to cut down on how often you have blockages due to large pieces of material being thrown down there (and it’ll also make your garbage disposal work more efficiently). Properly sharpened blades will also grind up food faster and more efficiently, which means less time spent grinding and better cleaning results. Read the owner’s manual for information about how to sharpen blades and check them regularly to make sure they’re still in good condition.
5) Get educated – pay attention during an installation if you do it yourself or watch a professional install it so you know what you’re doing next time. Learn how each part works together so you can troubleshoot problems quickly and properly without risking any damage to your home or major appliances (this applies especially if this is your first time using one of these things).
Tips for Using A Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal can be an energy-saving device that helps you recycle food waste. Follow these tips to see how easy a garbage disposal can make your life:
1. Cut off all the items from what’s inside your plate or bowl before you put it down the disposal. Some food items may require pre-cutting before going down the disposal, so check your user manual for more information.
2. If you have a large vegetable like carrot or celery, cut it into small pieces to help it work better in the disposal. This will also help prevent clogs.
3. After putting food waste into the disposer, use cold water to wash any bits of food left on the top of the blades down into the drain. Also, don’t put ice into the disposal. Ice can really damage your garbage disposal’s blades and may cause a clog or an overflow.
4. Don’t run the disposer while there are still large pieces of food left in it, and don’t make one big blob of all the things you want to go down at once; cut them up into smaller pieces if they’re too large to go down right away.
5. Make sure not to overfill your disposal with food waste either – that can lead to a leaky sink trap, which means you’ll have water leaking out around your drainage pipes! And keep in mind that when using hot water on cold drains, as happens most often during the winter months, a leaky trap can lead to a flooded basement or external pipes.
6. Don’t put any foreign objects down the garbage disposal, such as pieces of metal, clothing or other things that don’t break down easily with water – they’ll just cause damage to your unit and clogs in your drains. You may also want to avoid putting grease into the machine. While some people believe that this will help get rid of the grease, it actually contains fat and oil that could solidify when it hits cold water, causing more problems than you started with!
7. Look over your sink drain once a week for signs of clogs, like sticky food bits and particles built up around drain openings, which can be caused by someone accidentally dumping too much food waste down the disposal.
8. If you notice a clog, first try plunging your drain to get rid of any big pieces of food stuck in it. Then, run cold water for ten minutes to see if that helps clear up the rest of the problem; however, if that doesn’t work you may want to call an experienced plumber to help with trying a different plumbing fix or replacing your garbage disposal altogether instead.
9. Don’t put sharp objects into your unit because they can damage and affect the function of one’s blades and scrape off the coating on them as well. Sharp things are also hard on the drainage pipes themselves and since disposals grind rather than chop as knives do, the repeated banging can lead to problems with the pipes as well, so be careful.
10. If your garbage disposal is leaking, first try tightening up the unit on its mounting hardware if possible. If this doesn’t help, you may want to call a professional plumber for further problems with leaky sinks or clogged drains in general before needing to replace it altogether.
Ways to Save Money with a Garbage Disposal
There are many ways to save money when you have a garbage disposal. The first is by not having to buy trash bags because food waste can go down the drain with ease.
Trash bags can often be expensive and your garbage disposal will quickly pay for itself. A second way to save money is if you live in an area that charges by volume of waste, you will need to take fewer trips to the dumpster and that means less gas as well as less hassle too.
Finally, if you cut back on the amount of meat that is thrown away, you’ll save money too. This will help to reduce your family’s carbon footprint and also save money because meat can be expensive.
After reading this article, you might be thinking that a garbage disposal is an unnecessary expense. But it’s not just about convenience; installing one of these devices in your kitchen will save money over time as well. And when considering the benefits of having a cleaner home, there really isn’t any downside at all! If you’re interested in learning more or have questions about what type would be best for your needs, please contact us and we’ll help you out.
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