Which Garbage Disposal is Right for You?

Garbage disposals are a handy part of your plumbing equipment. They blast food particles to small bits that pass easily through the pipes. Many homeowners may not know that garbage disposals come in different types and sizes. Before you buy, you need to know which types will work best in your home. With this guide, you will be able to select the right garbage disposal for your needs.

Types of Garbage Disposals

There are two basic types of garbage disposals you should consider; one called “continuous feed” and the other is “batch feed.” Their function is indicated by the name. With a continuous feed garbage disposal, you turn on the garbage disposal and then send the food and water through. The garbage disposal chops the food particles until you turn it off. A batch feed system requires you to send the food into the garbage disposal and use a stopper to start the disposal. Continuous-feed models, through the convenience of consistent use, are generally the more popular types of garbage disposals.

Garbage Disposal Sizes

Garbage disposals come in various power arrangements, generally ranging from 0.5 horsepower to 1.0 horsepower. The size you need depends on how much you intend to use the disposal. Households of four or more should typically select a model that is 1.0 horsepower. If you have a smaller household but you intend to use the garbage disposal frequently or daily, you may also benefit from a model with higher power. Garbage disposals with a smaller amount of power, such as units with 0.5 or 0.75 horsepower, are more appropriate for smaller households with minimal expected use.

Garbage Disposal Installation

The way your garbage disposal works with your plumbing system also affects the type of garbage disposal you can have in your home, as well as the way it is installed. Septic systems have limits on the types of garbage disposals that can be installed with them, but there are still plenty of choices available on the market. Your dishwasher also affects how your garbage disposal should be installed. Some dishwashers must be connected to the sink garbage disposal, while others have their own disposals built-in. Installation of a garbage disposal is typically simple. However, if you do not feel confident in your installing one yourself, you should consult your plumber for assistance.
When your garbage disposal stops working, or fails to function well, you need to replace it as soon as possible. By selecting the right type and power and ensuring proper installation, you will enjoy an effective garbage disposal that minimizes kitchen odors and keeps your sink running clear.