Garbage disposals are used by many homeowners to reduce the amount of food trash they generate, eliminate odors from trash, keep sink waste from entering pipes, and prevent clogged drains. Initially, they were used to keep the drain p-trap from clogging when food accidentally fell down the drain.
How Garbage Disposals Work
Garbage disposals capture and store food in a chamber. When the disposer is switched on, impellers are activated to throw the food against a shredder ring similar to a cheese grater to pulverize it. Cold water from the faucet flushes out the waste.
Always use cold water with your disposal because it helps solidify grease and oil so they can be shredded and broken down into smaller, flushable pieces. Hot water, on the other hand, will liquefy them and if they accumulate, the drain can clog.
Garbage Disposal Installation in Provo, Utah
Garbage disposal units are installed under the kitchen sink. Installing one requires working with electrical and plumbing connections, so many homeowners prefer to have a licensed plumber handle the job. Some garbage disposals have to connect with dishwashers as well. All of them must be connected to the p-trap.
American Plumbing Services, a Provo-based full-service plumbing business, will install your garbage disposal according to manufacturer instructions and provide you with information on its proper use and maintenance.
Garbage Disposals Require Simple Maintenance
Garbage disposals are pretty easy to maintain. The most important thing to remember is that they are really food disposals. Other items that would otherwise go in the garbage should stay there. This includes glass, plastic, metals (yes, silverware), paper, anything combustible, and toys.
The more often a garbage disposal is used (correctly), the more effectively it will grind food waste and resist rusting. You can keep odors away by grinding up lemon or orange peels inside it. Harder materials like eggshells and fish bones scour the disposal walls and help keep them clean as well.
Items to Keep Out of Garbage Disposals
- Potato peels
- Coffee grinds, other than a small amount to eliminate odors
- Animal fat
- Large bones
- Rice and pasta—these foods expand with water and can clog the drain
- Bleach or drain cleaners