Put Garbage in its Proper Place!
There’s a place for kitchen garbage, and it’s not underneath your sink or beside your countertop. In fact, no matter where you keep a garbage can, getting rid of food waste can be a messy, smelly chore. Bagged garbage can also attract animals and insects, and create unsanitary conditions around your home.
When Meurer & Sons Plumbing installs a disposal in your kitchen, chicken bones, fruit rinds, coffee grounds and more can go right down the drain and into the garbage disposal — where they’re virtually liquefied to safely flow into your sewage system or septic tank. You’ll enjoy a cleaner food preparation area, less cans and bags cluttering your home, and fewer trips carrying garbage to the curb.
Disposers use only about 1% or less of a household’s total water consumption and cost on average less than 50 cents a year in electric usage.
How a Disposer Works
Many people think a disposer works like a blender, with spinning blades chopping and breaking down the waste. In reality disposers work in a different way – and there are NO blades involved. Instead, impellers (or lugs) mounted on a spinning plate use centrifugal force to continuously force food waste particles against a stationary grind ring. The grind ring breaks down the food waste into very fine particles – virtually liquefying them. After they are ground, the running water flushes the particles through the grind ring and out of the disposer and into your wastewater pipe. From there it flows to the wastewater treatment plant or your septic system.
Food waste disposers are an environmentally responsible alternative to typical disposal methods like landfills. And, they can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Food waste is even being processed and used for renewable power by many wastewater treatment plants.
Disposer Do’s and Don’ts
Run disposer along with a moderate flow of cold water. Continue to run cold water for a few seconds after grinding is complete.
Avoid using hot water when grinding food waste. It is OK to drain hot water into the disposer between grinding periods.
Never pour grease or fat into your disposer or drain.
Use a disposer cleaner to relieve objectionable odors caused by build-up, or grind citrus fruit peels to freshen up drain area.