In most new home and condos garbage disposals having a garbage disposal installed is standard. It makes kitchen clean up and food prep much easier when you do not have to worry about small bits of food clogging your sink drain. If your garbage disposal bites the dust, your building a new home, or looking to upgrade an existing garbage disposal there are a few things you should consider before purchasing a garbage disposal.
Types of Garbage Disposals
There are basically two types of garbage disposals. The most popular disposal is the continuous feed garbage disposal.
Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
This disposal is designed so that when you place food in the disposal and switch it on, the mashers force food against the teeth of the inner wall and shred it. The broken up food then falls through holes between the spinning plate and the inside walls, and then diverted into the drainpipe.
Batch feed garbage disposals
The only difference between a batch feed disposal and a continuous feed disposal is how you turn them on. To turn a batch feed disposal on by inserting a special stopper in the disposal opening and turning it. The stopper activates a switch that turns on the disposal. The advantage of a batch feed disposal is that they are considered safer due to them not being able to be turned on unless the cover is in place.
Dishwasher Garbage Disposals
Some dishwashers also have garbage disposal units installed in them. They are used to grind up food particles in the dishwasher.
Garbage Disposal Horsepower
The difference in price of garbage disposals usually revolves on how much horsepower they have. The least expensive garbage disposals have as low as 1/4 horsepower motors, and the more expensive models have 1 horsepower motors. Most households do not need a high horsepower disposal. The higher horsepower disposals are usually good for larger family households where the disposal is going to get a lot of work.
Garbage Disposal Noise Level
Modern garbage disposals are not as noisy as they have been in the past. If you spend a little more money you can get a disposal with noise-dampening materials that significantly reduce the amount of noise a disposal usually makes. So if noise matters to you prepare to pay more for your garbage disposal.
Garbage Disposal Durability
If you want your garbage disposal to last awhile consider buying a disposal with stainless steel components. Often a repair or replacement is called for when a piece inside the disposal becomes corroded. If your disposal has stainless steel components you can avoid these types of repairs.
It is important to have a professional plumber install your garbage disposal to make sure it is done correctly. This is a task that the plumbers at KT Plumbing can assist you with. If you garbage disposal is not working you may not need a new disposal just a repair on the existing disposal. Give us a call at (864) 663-6105.