Disposing of kitchen waste is a smelly, unpleasant job. Whether you keep your trash can out of sight under your kitchen sink or in your mudroom, it still has the potential to causes odors and attract insects in the home. These circumstances can lead to unsanitary conditions. A garbage disposal is one way to cut down on the amount of food waste in your trash cans. Garbage disposals liquefy everything from fruit and vegetable scraps to coffee grounds allowing the food waste to be removed safely from your kitchen sink and into your septic tank or sewage system. Garbage disposals make kitchen clean up and food preparation more pleasant, reduce the number of trips you need to make to the trash can, and can even save you money by decreasing the number of trash bags you need to buy.
Landfills are filling up every day. When you throw away food, it doesn’t just magically disappear or decompose. If you throw it away with your everyday trash, it is put in the back of the trash truck and taken to the landfill. Landfills contribute to the greenhouse effect. The less we rely on landfills, the cleaner the air is to breathe and the less likely it is that toxins will penetrate the earth.
Older homes with kitchens that have not been updated to 21st century standards may lack garbage disposals. Installing this appliance is quite straightforward and easy to do. A licensed, professional plumber like those at Rooter Hero Plumbing can install a disposal in as little as an hour or two. Are you afraid of the cost? Garbage disposals are not a luxury item that is out of reach for the majority of the customers we serve. Today’s disposals are budget-friendly. High performing disposals can be bought for as little as $100 and installed at a flat rate.
When you begin shopping for a disposal, you’ll notice right away that there are many brands to choose from. While some brands may have better reputations than others, what you really need to pay attention to is the horsepower. Low-end models will have a horsepower of 1/3. If it’s just you in the household and you will use the disposal infrequently, this may be sufficient horsepower. For households that do a lot of cooking and have a lot of people to cook for, it’s better to get a higher performing model with a horsepower of at least ½. To achieve maximum performance, a disposal with a horsepower of ¾ or greater is best.
Disposals are available as continuous-feed models or batch-feed. Continuous-feed disposals will run until the power is turned off. Batch-feed disposals run for a set amount of time before turning themselves off. Which is the best one for you? Most homes opt for continuous-feed disposals, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Some people, especially those with young children, prefer the batch-feed disposal because it requires a special stopper to be put in place before it can be used. For more information about the benefits of garbage disposals and how to buying tips for this appliance, call your local Rooter Hero Plumbing technician.