How to Choose the Correct Garbage Disposal for your Sink

September 11, 2018

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a new garbage disposal for your kitchen sink:

Last month we discussed the common issues with garbage disposals, so it’s only fair that we follow up with what you should be looking for in a new garbage disposal this month. One thing to keep in mind is that the popular phrase “one size fits all” certainly does not apply when it comes to replacing your garbage disposal. A kitchen sink is a surprisingly unique and complex structure, so it goes without saying that a solution for one unit may not automatically be the solution for another.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a new garbage disposal for your kitchen sink:

Look at Possible Regulations

Although a rarity, there may be local regulations in place that may not allow you to have a garbage disposal in your home. Fortunately, this is never an issue if you are simply replacing an old model. However, if you are putting in a unit where a garbage disposal hasn’t previously existed, look into possible regulations before installation. Installing a garbage disposal when it is not permitted can not only bring significant consequences to you, but also on your city’s sewer lines.

Examine the Plumbing

It’s crucial to determine early on in the installation process if your home’s plumbing can properly handle a garbage disposal. Check your fixtures, including your electrical outlets near the sink, to see what kinds of garbage disposals are compatible with your current plumbing and sewer system.

New Garbage Disposal

Look at the Motor Size

While a ⅓ horsepower garbage disposal works if you live alone in a cozy apartment, it certainly won’t meet your needs if you are a family of four living in a spacious residence. You should look for a unit that has a ½ horsepower motor if you need something more powerful for a family home.

See if it has Stainless Steel

Look for a garbage disposal with stainless steel blades. These are harder and sharper and will not only last longer, but will grind up the food more finely so you won’t have to deal with clogs in the pipes. Following these simple steps helps ensure that you are getting the best possible product for your particular sink. For more information on how to properly select a new garbage disposal, trust your friends and experts at JTM Plumbing. We have an inventory of plumbing fixtures available at affordable prices with customized features. Stop in at 11075 S. 204th street in the heart of Gretna to pick up the fixture you need or place a special order.

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