Garbage Disposal Installation
Proper disposal installation requires patience and time to ensure success. At Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter, we’ve seen the results of hasty garbage disposal installation, and it’s not pretty. Following installation steps precisely is the difference between a disposal that works for years and one that falls apart after just a few uses. We recommend that novice DIY-plumbers hire professionals for installation so that an hour project doesn’t turn into a whole-day repair job.
How to Install a Garbage Disposal
If you do decide to take on this repair task, you’ll want to be prepared.
Here are some expert tips to help the job go smoothly:
- Always turn power off to the disposal. Don’t just flip the switch next to the sink. Turn off the power at the circuit breaker.
- Before disconnecting the kitchen sink drainpipes, grab a bucket. Place this bucket under the P-trap to catch any water or debris. This protects underneath the sink.
- Did your new garbage disposal come with a flange kit? If not, buy one. Use plumber’s putty around the flange then press in place. Take care to prevent the flange from moving during installation.
- Layer the assembly as follows: Rubber gasket the mounting bracket. Now, snap into place.
- There are three bolts on the mounting bracket. Tighten these bolts until secure.
- Remove the drain plug from dishwasher drain hole using a hammer. If you do not have a dishwasher, DO NOT complete this step.
- Connect the electrical cord to the power supply by removing the wire cover plate. Secure the wires and then reattach the plate.
- Next, you have to connect the drain. Do this by placing the gasket in the discharge outlet and connect the discharge tube to the flange and bolts.
- The mounting ring has three tabs. Line these tabs up then use a wrench to turn and lock the tabs in place over the ridges. After you do this, reconnect the dishwasher drain. Once the discharge pipe is lined up precisely, reconnect the drainpipes.
That completes the installation process, but you want to test the disposal to make sure it works.
Garbage Disposal Operation
Want to make sure your new garbage disposal runs well for many years? You’ll want to use it with care and caution.
Here are some tips for reliability and smooth operation:
- Clean the disposal often. All you need is a little bit of dish soap and cold water. Let the water run for about a minute to remove all bits of food after each use.
- Use your garbage disposal. Some people believe that over-usage leads to premature replacement. However, infrequent use actually causes corrosion and rust.
- Rinse food from the disposal using strong water floor.
- Ever put metal, plastic, or glass in the garbage disposal.
- Dispose of grease and cooking fats in the trash or glass containers. Never pour these down the disposal.
- Also, throw away bones and expandable foods like pasta and rice. Likewise, dispose of coffee grounds in the trash. These tiny particles create large mounds that clog disposals.
- Keep bleach and other drain cleaners away from the disposal. They are corrosive and will harm your disposal. If you want to deodorize the disposal, use natural solutions like vinegar and baking soda or citrus peels.
- Want to sharpen your disposal’s blades? Use ice. It’s a natural sharpener that is perfect for your garbage disposal.
Don’t be a plumbing hero. While it’s satisfying to save money, and fix problems yourself, sometimes it’s better to consult with a professional plumber to install plumbing fixtures. Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter is always available to help, so call today at (888) 668-8922.