A garbage disposal is one of the most beneficial and useful additions you
can add to your kitchen. Not only are these devices fairly inexpensive,
they can be installed with minimal disruption to your home and help you
avoid number of other problems that may emerge when you don’t have
one. However, while most people are happy to have a disposal, most are
unaware of what they are and are not capable of, leading to mistakes that
could cause them to wear out or break down faster. Here are five garbage
disposal facts you need to know as a homeowner.
Garbage Disposals Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that food waste is the single largest contributor to landfills?
Anywhere between 30 and 40 percent of all trash thrown into landfills
each year is wasted food. However, a garbage disposal can help you do
away with spoiled, unconsumed, or otherwise wasted food safely and conveniently
and without it ever finding its way into your landfill.
Garbage Disposals Prevent Rodent Infestations
Urban and even some densely-populated suburban areas all constantly face
issues with rodent infestations. This is particularly true with their
trash, as most people are forced to throw their food waste into garbage
bins and wait for the trash pickup service to take it away, thus leaving
it ripe for the picking by mice, rats, possums, and raccoons. A garbage
disposal gets rid of most food waste safely and in a way rats and mice
can’t access, thus preventing them from invading your trash or living space.
Garbage Disposals Help the Environment
Spoiled food gives off methane gasses, which are harmful to the environment,
so the less spoiled food you have sitting around, the more you’re
helping to slow the process of climate change. Garbage disposals prevent
spoiled food from sitting and giving off these gasses in a landfill, instead
disposing of them safely and conveniently in a way that prevents the methane
gas from reaching the atmosphere.
Garbage Disposals Can’t Handle Everything
While a garbage disposal can handle most of your food removal needs, they
aren’t equipped or capable of handling everything you throw at them.
Solid things like ice or egg shells can actually damage the teeth in your
grinder, grease (like fats and oils) can all lead to clogs in your plumbing,
and stringy or fibrous foods like some vegetables can actually jam the
motor (as well as clog your plumbing)
The Holidays are the Peaks Season for Disposal Repairs
The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers
when it comes to service calls for garbage disposal breakdowns, but the
whole holiday season is also busy. If you plan on hosting a family gathering,
holiday party, or other event this holiday season, be sure you’re
careful what you put down the drain so you don’t risk clogging your
plumbing or breaking your garage disposal system.
Need a repair or drain de-clogging?
Call a Bartlett plumber from Smith’s Plumbing Services today at (901) 290-1110!