Have you ever considered getting a garbage disposal? The benefits are numerous. For starters, you save space in your kitchen, because your immediate trash storage needs are less. It also adds value to your home and can be a nice selling feature, which is something to think about for the future.
Garbage disposals also help you with waste management, by greatly reducing your waste removal needs. Furthermore, they are easy and inexpensive to install. Still not convinced? Here are some other reasons that you should think about putting in a garbage disposal.
Help With Bad Odors
It is safe to say that nearly every Berkeley, CA homeowner has had to deal with smelly garbage odors in their kitchen at one point in time. And if it is really pungent, that smell can spread through your whole home and be hard to get rid of.
Scented trash bags only go so far. If you put food scraps down the garbage disposal, you are reducing the amount of garbage that you are storing in the kitchen, so will be less likely to smell bad.
Another garbage-related problem that causes odors is when food scraps linger in your drains. They decompose and smell bad. Again, if you had a garbage disposal, this isn’t a problem that you’ll have to deal with.
Make it Easier to Wash Dishes
Depending on how your kitchen is configured, you are probably scraping and rinsing or washing your plates in two different places. Not only is this ineffective, you are probably making a big mess.
If you have a garbage disposal installed, you can scrape and clean, all in the same place. It makes much more sense and if far cleaner.
Protect From Clogs
Some of the most notorious causes of plumbing clogs are food scraps and grease. Despite your best efforts, there is a good chance that you’ve got both of these ending up in your drains and pipes.
Over time, these items will bind together and can cause some serious clogs, which can be both messy and inconvenient. In some cases, they can be a challenge to fix as well.
You may have to look at doing a full hydrojet cleaning, especially if it is a recurring problem. Also realize that if this problem happens often, you are weakening your pipes, which will make you vulnerable to plumbing leaks, which can cause costly water damage. Your garbage disposal will take care of most organic food waste, but take care not to put items that are fibrous or very hard down there (i.e., celery stalks, bones, shells, onion skins, pumpkin or egg shells). You might break the blades.