4 Reasons to Get a Garbage Disposal for Your Kitchen

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An in-sink garbage disposal is just below your kitchen sink, attached to its drain. The appliance grinds up food scraps so the pulverized bits can float easily down your drain. Install a new garbage disposal before the holidays for these four reasons.


1. Garbage Disposals Keep Kitchens Tidy

Whether you plan to cook food for the holidays, or you simply want your kitchen to smell and look better, your new garbage disposal helps you accomplish your goals. Messy food scraps don’t sit on the countertop while you prepare meals but go down the garbage disposal as you prep ingredients.


Food scraps in the trash bin start to smell after a short time. The odors can stink up your kitchen and attract pests to your outdoor garbage cans. An in-sink garbage disposal takes the food scraps and their odors out of your kitchen and your waste bags.


2. Garbage Disposals Are Green Appliances

Many items of convenience are not environmentally friendly. However, a garbage disposal offers you an easier time in the kitchen and also helps protect the ecosystem.

Garbage disposals help the environment in the following ways:

  • Cut down on household plastic bag use

  • Reduce landfill waste

  • Lower methane release from landfills

  • Reduce transportation costs for trash

If you cook at home often, your garbage disposal can significantly lower the amount of trash bags you fill. You don’t need to carry as many bags outside while you benefit the environment with your new garbage disposal.


3. Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposals Are Workhorses

Today, you can order one of two types of household garbage disposals for your kitchen sink. You may already be familiar with the continuous-feed version — the most common kind of garbage disposal.


You flip a continuous-feed garbage disposal on by a switch. The garbage disposal will keep grinding and pulverizing food until you shut off the appliance. Most of these disposals require a steady stream of cold water to flow into the sink while they run.


In the past, continuous-feed garbage disposals were limited in the foods they could process. Celery, bones, and dry pasta could easily jam or clog the machines. Modern continuous-feed garbage disposals are available in versions that can accommodate a wider variety of food scraps.


4. Batch-Feed Garbage Disposals Are Safe for Kids

The second type of garbage disposal is the batch-feed disposal. You don’t flip a switch to turn on a batch-feed garbage disposal. Instead, a special magnetic drain cover activates the grinding action.


You place food scraps into the batch-feed disposal as you prep food. When you have enough scraps to process in the disposal chamber, simply place the drain cover over the disposal opening and the appliance starts working.


The best thing about batch-feed garbage disposals is their increased safety for household members. Since the appliances won’t work without their covers in place, a child or pet will not accidentally be harmed because of grinding action of the disposal.


The drain cover also prevents unwanted items like flatware, sponges, and bottle caps from falling into the batch-feed garbage disposal. Fewer opportunities exist for jams and clogs in the batch-feed appliance.


Batch-feed garbage disposals only need a small amount of water to run. They also use less power because they don’t run continuously.


However, batch-feed garbage disposals need stronger motors to process food in short bursts. The motor on a batch-feed disposal is typically louder than the motor on a continuous-feed garbage disposal.


Both types of garbage disposals are available in a variety of styles. Ask your plumber which type they recommend for your household if you aren’t sure which version is best.


Order your new garbage disposal in Seattle. Washington, by contacting Quality Plumbing today. We’ve helped our plumbing customers upgrade their kitchens since 1979 in King and South Snohomish Counties.