How To Choose The Right Garbage Disposal For Your Home

Choosing the best garbage disposal for your kitchen may not seem like a big priority, but your drain and pipe health depends on it! You want to ensure your disposal can handle everything you rely on it for. Choosing the correct unit for your kitchen sink is essential to avoiding any issues within your system.

When you require a reliable garbage disposal installation, Gotelli Plumbing is here to help! Our team aims to provide stellar services to all San Rafael homeowners. Read on to learn a few essential factors to consider when purchasing a new system.

What Size Garbage Disposal Is Right For You?

Picking the correct size garbage disposal depends on three crucial elements. Household size, cooking frequency and the amount of food waste should be considered before purchasing a system. This trio will determine what size motor you need and the most suitable garbage disposal for your home. A few sizes to choose from are:

  • ⅓ Horsepower: This motor is best for one to two-person households, people who don’t cook very often, or soft foods and fruit and vegetable scraps.
  • ½ Horsepower: This motor is best for small households that cook every week and also need to grind up cooked meats and fish bones.
  • ¾ Horsepower: This motor works well for households of three or four people who cook multiple times a week and also need to grind chicken bones, raw meat and fruit pits.
  • 1 Horsepower: This motor is the top level for homes with over four people or for those who cook daily and need to grind hard materials like rib bones.

Take the time to think about your needs and research the grinding power that is available to you. This way, your disposal investment will serve you well and will make your kitchen living stress-free.

Types Of Garbage Disposals

Once you’ve decided what size garbage disposal you need, you’ll need to consider what type suits your needs. There are two main types to choose from, both of which operate differently.

Continuous Feed Disposals

Continuous feed disposals allow the user to continuously add waste to the system while operating. These devices use a switch or wall-mounted control to turn on and off. A professional technician will need to install this control switch to ensure it powers your system correctly.

Batch Feed Disposals

Batch Feed models aren’t hooked to a wall switch, so they’re an efficient solution for kitchen island disposals. They are also designed to work by throwing in scraps and covering the drain before turning them on.

Covering the drain for the grinding process reduces the risk of accidental injury, making them a safer alternative than continuous feed models. However, these systems typically have a higher up-front cost.

Garbage Disposal Installation That You Can Count On

When you need a reliable plumbing company to perform garbage disposal services, choose Gotelli Plumbing! We’re prepared to help you invest in a system that provides your home with limitless benefits. Our team strives to bring you satisfaction, so you can get the most from your home. Contact us today to schedule your next service!

Petaluma, CA
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Petaluma, CA 94952-2922
San Rafael, CA
21 Lovell Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901