The garbage disposal is a device that allows for the disposal of garbage without much effort on the part of the user. It does this by pushing or pulling the waste into a container through a disposing unit. This is usually connected to plumbing either directly or via an attached pipe. The garbage disposal is quite reliable in terms of waste management but has also grown in usage to the point that it is a needed appliance in just about any kitchen.
The garbage disposal is used mostly in residential homes and apartments. The garbage disposal is connected to plumbing via a pipe that is placed in the wall behind the kitchen or bathroom area. This pipe is buried in the floor and connected to a vent hood that can be installed at the end of the toilet or vanity. The vent hood allows the homeowner to turn on the air conditioning during the colder months to keep the kitchen warm while disposing of the waste. However, even when the unit is turned on, it still needs to be emptied to avoid carbon monoxide from entering the home through the vents. For this reason, it’s important to perform garbage disposal installation as soon as the old unit is removed from the property.
To begin, there are two ways that the garbage disposal processes food scraps before putting them in the drain. First, it puts the food scraps in a plastic bag and then forces them down the drain. The second way to process it is through use of an auger which grinds the food into small pieces. These small pieces are smaller than the holes in the drain and they get pushed through the pipes and into the drainage system.
The first step to disposal installation is cleaning. You need to make sure that the sink flange, drain pipe, and vent hood are all clear so you can put the new unit into place. If some of these parts look dirty and dusty then you can take them outside and clean them. After cleaning the areas, you should run a mild detergent down both the flange and drain pipe to help loosen any dirt or grease. Use a funnel to pour the cleaner into each drain hole.
Next, you will want to secure the drainpipe to the sink with a few nuts. These are usually located around the rim of the sink. Once these nuts are secured, remove the pipe from the plumbing area. Unscrew the drain nut and insert a new one into the same hole. Secure it in place with plumber’s tape.
Once you have installed the new disposal, you should run a few tests to make sure it works as it is supposed to. Open the lid of the garbage disposal and place a plastic bag over it. Next, lower the machine over the bag and snap the lid closed. If the bag drops into the trap below, then you know the machine is working properly.
One thing that you need to keep in mind when using your garbage disposal is to never flush it down the toilet. This can lead to overflow and damage to your sinks. If the water starts to fill back up in your sink, then you will need to remove the contents of the sink flange and clean out the sink. To make this process easier for you, call in a professional plumber to complete this step for you.
There are many more things you can do to prevent damage to your sinks. One of the most common garbage disposals for homeowners to use is push-button power. These are extremely easy to operate and are available at many home improvement stores. While they can be relatively inexpensive, they are not without risks. Disposals using the old-fashioned plunger are much more dangerous and should only be used by a trained plumber.