What is in Garbage Disposal

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What is in Garbage Disposal

What is in Garbage Disposal
In today’s modern kitchen, a garbage disposal is a must have appliance.

What is in Garbage Disposal is an extremely useful kitchen device that provides quick, efficient, complete sanitary food waste grinding and elimination.

Garbage disposals may seem to be an odd or ‘off the wall’ topic, subject or product to write a review or blog about. It is, however, actually utilized almost everyday by the vast majority of us.

It is one of those seldom seen, handy appliances that we take for granted, but would miss right away if it was deleted from our lives.

Garbage disposals are also one of the best selling items in most home centers, hardware stores, plumbing supplies, and the like.

If you are like me, you are curious about how things work, and how to install things without having to pay for an outside contractor or plumber.  I have to assume you are curious also, or you wouldn’t be reading this now.

At some point, most of us are very likely to need to shop for a garbage disposal.  It just makes sense to understand how they operate, and what they are made of.

It is also good to know what separates the less expensive units from the more expensive ones. I will go over this information about garbage disposals, and once read, you will know more than most people about this exceedingly useful, culinary-related. often used,  under-sink appliance.

I will also reveal the garbage disposal brand that I believe to be the best of the lot.

How Do Garbage Disposals Work?

Garbage disposals work by the use of lugs or impellers on a spinning plate which force food against a stationary grinding ring using the principle of centrifugal force.

What is in Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are designed to turn food waste into small liquid particles and drain it away.

This grinding ring surrounds the spinning plate, and has many openings that allow food to be broken up into very small particles from rubbing against it at high speeds.

These small particles are neatly transformed into liquid, and with water are washed away into the drainage system that is beneath your sink.

From there it is sent to your waste water plant that treats it, or it is sent to your septic system.

Many people, myself included, have thought that garbage disposals worked with the use of blades that cut the food into small particles. This is simply not the case.  Blades are not utilized at all in the disposer process of grinding the food.

What do Garbage Disposals Consist of?

A garbage disposal can be used with a single bowl kitchen sink, a double bowl kitchen sink, or larger.

Most garbage disposals will have a cast iron, steel, or other metal type exterior or housing.  The interior can be made of galvanized steel, or stainless steel in most cases.

The power source is of course, electric.  The electric powers different sized motors within the disposal. These motors create the needed force that facilitates the grinding action that chops up the food waste and allows for it to be drained away.

The motors range in size starting at 1/3 horsepower, 1/2 horsepower, 3/4 horsepower, 5/8 horsepower, 1 horsepower, and larger motors for heavy duty, or commercial models.

As you go higher in price, you will find disposals with 2 or even 3 spinning plates with impellers or lugs. As a result, these disposals can process more food faster than those with only a single plate or chamber.

What is in Garbage Disposal
The better disposals have a stainless steel inner housing.

The inner housing of the more powerful disposers will be stainless steel.  These disposals are also quieter than single plate, galvanized inner housing garbage disposals.

These higher end units will also have a function called auto-reverse. This allows you to automatically reverse the spin of the inner plates, which can free up jams that are created.

With the lower end models, you will have to find your disposal tool to correct the jam.

Various connectors are included with your garbage disposal.  There are drain connectors that allow the disposal to be connected to the drain opening in your sink.

There are also smaller electric connectors, and a pigtail connector for the electric which is not normally included with the disposal. This pig tail connector is needed to set up the electric source of power.

You will also find a plastic 90 degree elbow that connects to the disposal and to the trap below the sink to allow for waste water dispensing.

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How to Install a Garbage Disposal

Installing a garbage disposal is not a particularly difficult plumbing job. It does however, require some basic plumbing knowledge. With a little help, and a few of the right tools, I believe almost anyone can get the job done.

I have included a video on how to install a garbage disposal step by step, which should make it easier for you, should you decide to install a disposal yourself.

 

The Best Brand of Garbage Disposals

There are several well known brands of garbage disposals. Some of these brands are better known than the others. These brands include Insinkerator, Waste King, Moen, and KitchenAid, among others.

Based on my experience, and the feedback I have received from plumbers, contractors, and homeowner’s, the best disposals, and the best company behind the best disposals is Insinkerator.

You may also know the Insinkerator name as Badger.  The Badger models are made by Insinkerator.  This company has an excellent reputation.

They stand behind their disposals, and offer excellent warranties.  Insinkerator manufactures a complete line of disposals for every consumer need.

These products are very well designed and built, and are affordably priced for most any budget.

Starting with the Badger 1 model that features 1/3 Horsepower that is ideal for small homes or apartments.  Normally the Badger 1 is sufficient for households of one to two people.

The Badger 5 is a 1/2 Horsepower disposal.  This model fits the bill for homes or apartments with 2 to 4 occupants.

The Badger 15 garbage disposal features a 3/4 Horsepower motor, stainless steel inner housing, and a quieter running sound.  This one works well for larger households of 4 to 10 people.

Insinkerator has recently developed the Evolution line of garbage disposals.  These units are the quietest, most powerful, most effective, and easiest to maintain garbage disposals ever made.

What is in Garbage Disposal
The Insinkerator Evolution disposal is among the quietest available.

The Evolution Compact 3/4 Horsepower model has a 2 stage grinding chamber, stainless steel inner housing, very quiet operation, and the ability to process difficult food items like bones with ease.

This Evolution disposal is ideal for small to medium sized households, and for under-sink cabinet spaces that may be more limited than normal.

It also features a Quick Lock mounting mechanism for easy install and replacement.  In addition, an 8 year limited warranty on parts and labor is included.

Insinkerator also makes a complete line of commercial garbage disposals.  These disposals service the restaurant industry, as well as  commercial kitchens.

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What is in Garbage Disposal – Summary

What is in Garbage Disposal is an extremely useful kitchen device that provides quick, efficient, complete sanitary food waste grinding and elimination.

Garbage disposals are also one of the best selling items in most home centers, hardware stores, plumbing supplies, and the like.

A garbage disposal can be used with a single bowl kitchen sink, a double bowl kitchen sink, or larger.

Garbage disposals work by the use of lugs or impellers on a spinning plate which force food against a stationary grinding ring using the principle of centrifugal force.

Most garbage disposals will have a cast iron, steel, or other metal type exterior or housing.  The interior can be made of galvanized steel, or stainless steel in most cases.

The motors that power most of  the residential disposers on the market range from 1/3 Horsepower to 1 Horsepower.

Based on my experience, and the feedback I have received from plumbers, contractors, and homeowner’s, the best disposals, and the best company behind the best disposals is the Insinkerator brand.

Insinkerator models include the Badger, and the new, advanced Evolution line.

Insinkerator also makes a complete line of commercial garbage disposals.  These disposals service the restaurant industry, as well as  commercial kitchens.

Insinkerator also features a selection of hot water dispensers.

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Thanks for reading, What is in Garbage Disposals. Best of luck with your home plumbing projects.

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4 thoughts on “What is in Garbage Disposal”

  1. I really like the video showing how to install the garbage disposal. The last time I had to replace mine I had no instruction for the most part and had to guess my way through as I figured it out. This is a great reference for me to look through for my next replacement.
    I would find it helpful to have a little more mention about the disposal tool for jams. I think the one that came with mine was taped to the unit and was recommended to keep it attached for easy locating in the event it was needed. Many people, especially most end users, may not think to look on the unit if they did not install it themselves and weren’t familiar about it.

    1. Hi Tim, thank you for your comments. Glad you liked the video and found the information helpful. Hopefully the plumber, or other disposal installer will tell the homeowners what the purpose of the attached tool is, and to keep it in a location that is easy to find should they need it. Good luck with your plumbing projects. Tom

  2. I’m considering getting a garbage disposal for my home. There’s a few options available, but I’m concerned about noise since I’ve never had one before. Based on your recommendation, I’ll be looking at an Insinkerator, thanks!

    1. Hi John, thank you for your comments. If you are concerned about noise, I suggest the Evolution line of disposers. Good luck, Tom

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