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Garbage Disposal Units

A garbage disposal unit is a device designed to shred food into small pieces of waste or to liquefy it so it can pass easily through plumbing pipes and out into municipal sewage systems.

In the United States, most new homes come equipped with a garbage disposal unit while under the sink plumbing in older homes may have to be reconfigured to accommodate one. This can be done rather easily, but like anything else, it may take a little time and patience.

Like most appliances, a garbage disposal unit should be upgraded every few years. Newer models can help keep pipes from backing up and can help keep your plumbing lines running freely.

Older units often vibrate and make a lot of noise while newer models are made to run quieter with more modern features that help decrease noise levels.

Garbage disposal units are relatively inexpensive but some models can run into the hundreds of dollars.

Disposal models function in two different modes. They are continuous and batch feed models.

  • Continuous feed models are operated by turning on a switch and it runs until the switch is turned off.
  • The batch feed model cannot be turned on unless the disposal lid is engaged and the unit is activated.
  • There may be certain other features available on new disposal units.

You should make sure that your unit is properly installed and is powered for maximum efficiency.

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