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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on garbage disposal units! Whether you’re a homeowner looking to install a new unit or seeking tips on maintaining your existing one, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn everything you need to know about garbage disposals, from how they work to troubleshooting common issues.

What is a Garbage Disposal?

A garbage disposal, also known as a food waste disposer, is a kitchen appliance installed beneath the sink that grinds food waste into small particles, allowing it to be safely flushed away through the plumbing system. It’s a convenient and eco-friendly way to dispose of food scraps, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.

How Does a Garbage Disposal Work?

Garbage disposals are typically powered by an electric motor housed inside a grinding chamber. When you turn on the disposal, the motor activates a spinning disk or impellers that shred food waste into tiny pieces. These particles are then flushed down the drain with water, eliminating the need for manual disposal.

Benefits of Garbage Disposals:

  1. Convenience: Say goodbye to scraping plates into the trash bin. With a garbage disposal, you can simply rinse food scraps down the drain, saving time and effort.
  2. Odor Reduction: Rotting food in the trash can lead to unpleasant odors. A garbage disposal helps minimize odors by promptly disposing of food waste.
  3. Environmental Sustainability: By diverting food waste from landfills, garbage disposals contribute to reducing methane emissions and promoting sustainable waste management practices.
  4. Prevents Drain Clogs: Food scraps can contribute to drain clogs over time. A garbage disposal pulverizes food waste, reducing the likelihood of blockages in your plumbing system.

Types of Garbage Disposals:

Continuous Feed: The most common type of garbage disposal, continuous feed units can operate continuously as long as they’re switched on. You can add food waste while the disposal is running.

Batch Feed: Batch feed disposals require a stopper to be placed over the drain before operation. This safety feature prevents accidents and allows you to control when the unit operates.

Choosing the Right Garbage Disposal:

When selecting a garbage disposal for your home, consider factors such as motor power, grinding capacity, noise level, and durability. Opt for a model that suits your household’s size and usage patterns.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips:

  1. Run Cold Water: Always run cold water while operating the garbage disposal. This helps solidify any grease or fat in the drain, preventing clogs.
  2. Avoid Hard Items: Avoid putting hard items like bones, fruit pits, and seafood shells into the disposal, as they can damage the blades.
  3. Clean Regularly: To prevent odors and buildup, clean your garbage disposal regularly using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or specialized cleaning products.
  4. Use Citrus Peels: Grinding citrus peels can help freshen the disposal and eliminate unpleasant odors.
  5. Keep it Clear: Never pour grease, oil, or fibrous materials like celery or onion skins down the disposal, as they can lead to clogs.
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Common Garbage Disposal Issues and Solutions:

  1. Jamming: If the disposal gets jammed, switch it off and use a hex key to manually rotate the grinding mechanism. Avoid using your hands to clear the jam.
  2. Leaks: Leaks can occur due to loose connections or damaged seals. Tighten connections or replace worn-out parts to resolve the issue.
  3. Foul Odors: Persistent odors may indicate a buildup of food residue. Clean the disposal and flush it with a mixture of water and baking soda to eliminate odors.
  4. Loud Noise: Excessive noise could be a sign of worn or damaged components. Inspect the disposal for loose parts or foreign objects and replace them as needed.

Professional Garbage Disposal Services:

If you encounter persistent issues or are unsure how to address a problem with your garbage disposal, it’s best to seek professional assistance. Our experienced technicians can diagnose and repair a wide range of disposal problems, ensuring your unit operates smoothly and efficiently.


A garbage disposal is a valuable addition to any kitchen, offering convenience, environmental benefits, and improved sanitation. By understanding how these units work and implementing proper maintenance practices, you can enjoy hassle-free food waste disposal for years to come. If you have any questions or require assistance with your garbage disposal, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here to help!

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