ALLSTATE SERVICE GROUP
Garbage Disposal Maintenance
We will fix your garbage disposal problem, and advise on how to avoid future problems with proper garbage disposal maintenance. To minimize the risk of clogging, be sure to run water when the garbage disposal is on. Bear in mind that the garbage disposal unit is designed to chop up only certain types of food
There are certain products that can create problems for your garbage disposal, such as: rice, pasta, grease, bones, eggshells, fruits, and vegetables with tough peels. All these things are rough on your unit and can cause clogs.
There are some things you can do to help make sure your garbage disposal is always performing at its best and lasts as long as it can. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Avoid disposing of grease, fats, meats, pasta, or other fibrous foods. When a garbage disposal is on, always have a steady stream of non-hot water running. Under no circumstances you should run the garbage disposal when it looks like a part has become loose. Avoid running garbage disposal for long periods of time.
Garbage Disposal Horsepower and Size
The size of the garbage disposal to purchase is essentially about how much horsepower is needed for household needs. Garbage disposal horsepower(hp) is how you measure the grinding strength.
The higher the horsepower, the better garbage disposal will operate. This means fewer jams and better disposal of food waste. In its turn, this will keep drain lines clear and place less stress on the wastewater system.
Household Garbage Disposal Size
One way to determine the right horsepower is to consider the size of the household. Here are some useful indications:
- For a family of 1-2, you want to choose 1/3 hp or 1/2 hp garbage disposal
- For a family of 3-5, you want to choose 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp garbage disposal
- For a family of 6-8, you want to choose 3/4 hp or 1 hp garbage disposal
Nature of Horsepower Use
Let’s look at the choice of garbage disposals from a perspective of how we use a garbage disposal in our kitchen For example, if you do a lot of heavy grinding, then a 1 hp garbage disposal is likely your best choice. But for average size families, a 1/2hp or 3/4 hp will do the job just fine.
1/3 HP Garbage Disposal
The starting point for garbage disposal motors is 1/3 horsepower. If you only grind soft foods, such as vegetables, live in a studio apartment, then a 1/3 hp may be a decent fit and the least expensive. You need to be careful of what is put into the grinding chamber.
1/2 HP Garbage Disposal
Many professionals recommend the 1/2 hp garbage disposal over the 1/3 hp as it is typically better constructed and has more power. Keep in mind that this is still lower-powered garbage disposal, and is only suitable for light use. Like 1/3 hp disposals, the 1/2 hp disposals can often fit into tighter spaces due to their smaller size. They’re an excellent choice for vacation homes, condominiums, or apartments.
3/4 HP Garbage Disposal
The 3/4 hp garbage disposal is often thought of as the workhorse among disposals. It is suitable for normal home use, yet powerful enough to handle family dinner scraps. It is likely the most common garbage disposal installed in single-family homes.
1 HP Garbage Disposal
The 1 hp garbage disposals are not only powerful but designed for households with heavy use. They can even be effective for commercial use. However, just because your garbage disposal unit has a more powerful motor, you should still treat the unit with care.
How is Garbage Disposal Repair Done?
It is important to know that attempting to repair or unclog your garbage disposal yourself can be dangerous and lead to serious injuries. Garbage disposals have sharp blades, and it can be dangerous to try to repair them on your own. If your garbage disposal has broken unit clogs or backs up drains, avoid reaching for the unit to remove the clog on your own.
Contact us at Allstate Service Group and our professional plumbers will rush to service your garbage disposal. Our technicians will examine your garbage disposal and advise whether it is more cost-effective to install, replace or repair the garbage disposal.
Lastly, our professionals will advise on the size of garbage disposal optimal for your household. Selecting the right-sized garbage disposal is an important decision. Garbage disposal too small for your household may lead to drain clogs and jams. Garbage disposal installation of a too-large unit means you spent more money than necessary, and vice versa.