What You Need To Know About Garbage Disposals
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What You Need To Know About Garbage Disposals

Facts You Should Know If You’re Considering Installing a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals may save a lot of hassle when it comes to kitchen clean up, but in order to keep your garbage disposal functioning properly during each and every use, there are some important things that you need to know about this kitchen appliance. If you’re considering getting a garbage disposal installation for your home, talk to your Sterling Heights plumbing professional about the pros and cons.

If you already have a garbage disposal in your home, you probably know that it helps to reduce your food waste. In the US, 30-40% of the overall food supply is thrown away every year. Food waste makes up the bulk of the amount of waste entering landfills. And all of that food waste produces a lot of methane gas, which isn’t good for our environment. But even with the ease of use and the reduction of food waste that a garbage disposal provides, nearly 49% of US homes do not include this appliance. Garbage disposal installations are becoming more common, and can be quickly and easily completed by a professional plumber in Sterling Heights.

Are Garbage Disposals Cost Effective?

The cost of installing a garbage disposal can vary, but the benefits of having a food waste disposal greatly outweigh the initial installation fees. Food disposal is quick and easy once you have a garbage disposal. Instead of having to scrape plates, bowls, pots and pans over the trash bin to discard food waste after a meal, in most cases you can simply stack your dishes in the sink and scrape the food into the disposal before washing. Disposals are low cost to run, making them great for those who cook often or have large family events throughout the year. For those used to holiday cleanup without a garbage disposal, you may well know the risks of food cleanup: clogged drains, backed up pipes, and a frightening bill from an emergency plumber. Garbage disposal cut down on the amount of drain clogging by finely chopping and grinding food waste, much like a blender would. Because you aren’t throwing the majority of your food waste in the trash, you won’t need to deal with smell of old food, and you can cut down on the overall amount of food waste going to landfills, which in turn reduces methane gas production.

A Disposal is Not An Eating Machine

But a garbage disposal is not a ‘cure all’ for food waste management; there are still some food products that Sterling Heights plumbers recommend you DON’T put in your garbage disposal. Grease, fats, oils, raw eggs, and eggshells are just a few things that your disposal can’t handle.

Grease, oils, and fats may seem to run down fine with hot water, but once cooled will begin to solidify in your pipes. Over time, this accumulation will cause blocked pipes and drains. Raw eggs and eggshells contain thin membranes that can wrap around the blades of the disposal and wreak havoc. You should avoid putting starchy foods in your disposal, such as pastas, rice, and potatoes for much the same reason as oils and fats. These cannot be broken down as easily and will expand when they come into contact with water, causing clogging over time. And of course, you have to keep in mind that your disposal is not a behemoth monster designed to eat anything in its path.

Garbage disposals cannot and should not be fed peels, fibrous material such as husks or celery, or bones. Always feed your disposal small meals at a time, allowing it to break up the waste before adding more.

How Do I Get A Disposal Installed?

Installing a garbage disposal in Sterling Heights is as simple as calling your local plumbing professionals, Certified Plumbing. Whether you want to start cutting down on your food waste, need a new bathroom fixture installed, or have a backed up toilet, we are always here to help and are proud to be an affordable Sterling Heights plumbing solution.


Certified Plumbing
6335 Progress Dr. #102, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
(586) 789-9192

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