Garbage Disposers Reduce Kitchen Garbage and Avoid Unnecessary Odors

No matter where you keep your kitchen garbage can, getting rid of food waste can be a messy, smelly chore. What‘s more, bagged garbage can attract animals and insects, and create unsanitary conditions around your home.

With a garbage disposer in your kitchen, chicken bones, fruit rinds, coffee grounds and more can go right in the sink — where they're virtually liquefied to safely flow into your sewage system or septic tank.

Why every kitchen should be equipped with a food waste disposer:

• You‘ll enjoy a cleaner food preparation area
• Less bagged garbage cluttering your home
• Disposers are economical to operate
• Easy maintenance

There are three styles to choose from:

• Continuous-feed
Most Seattle garbage disposers are Continuous Feed and they're manually controlled by a wall or sink-top switch. This helps to keep hands clear of the disposer when it’s turned on. While operating, the mouth of the unit remains open and is protected by a rubber anti-splash baffle. This permits you to continuously feed waste into the grinder.

• Batch System
A Batch Feed disposer is a safer model because it only functions when the stopper is placed into the drain. This keeps the mouth of the unit closed off while operating, and in turn, prevents accidents. Because no wall or sink-top switch is needed, installation is easier. However, you can't continually feed waste into the disposer. Only the batch already under the stopper can be disposed of at a given time. The batch feed models are much safer to use especially around children.

• Continuous-feed models for Septic Tanks
The Septic Tank models are a continuous feed system that also has a replaceable bio-charge cartridge. They usually are ¾ horsepower with all stainless steel grinding components. Individuals with septic tanks should not grind cigar and cigarette stubs or lobster, crab and shrimp shells in this type of garbage disposal system. Tobacco will impede the bacterial action in the tank, and seafood shells cannot be decomposed by bacterial action and will sink to the bottom of the tank, adding to the sludge.

Whether you chose a Continuous Feed or a Batch Feed model, you must run cold water continuously when grinding food waste and do not stop the water until everything is ground. Using hot water can contribute to the motor’s burnout.

The higher-end models generally run quieter because they are made with quieter motors and sound dampening insulation. Higher-end garbage disposer models also have stainless steel grinders and stainless steel grind chambers. Some models also have an auto reversing feature to help prevent jamming.

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