Quality of life improvements can come from all over. But when it comes to the overall quality in the kitchen, having a properly functioning garbage disposal can make all the difference. Even a new garbage disposal installation can wear out after about a decade of use, so if you’ve been in your home for a while, it might be time for an upgrade.

Installing a new disposal in place of an older one might mean you can skip a few steps, but starting off with a clean slate means putting in some extra time. The first step in installation isn’t the installation at all, but finding the right disposal for your kitchen. Disposals can come in models with up to 2-horsepower motors, but a ½-horsepower motor is sufficient for most homes.

Once you have your new disposal and the tools, it’s time to get busy beneath the sink. Some disposals require a new sink drain flange, which includes the metal disk at the drain entrance along with a short bit of pipe that extends below the sink. With the flange in place, you can attach the mounting ring by evenly tightening the screws. This will help create a watertight seal with the gasket in place between the flange and the mounting ring.

When replacing a disposal, it may not be necessary to follow the previous steps. A similar disposal can fit within the existing mount. Either way, when mounting the disposal, you will need to raise it up to the mounting ring. You can prop up the disposal with a sturdy object to help give your arms a break in aligning it properly with the mount.

Be sure that the outlet faces the drain pipe connection and turn the lower ring clockwise until the disposal is supported by the mourning assembly. Once it is locked in place, you can continue to connect the outlet to the P-trap. If needed, you may have to use a saw or tube cutters to get the pipe to the correct length. Some disposals will connect with a dishwasher. Here, you will need to have removed the plastic drain plug from the disposal before mounting.

Once the fasteners are tightened, you can check for leaks. Plug the drain with a stopper and fill the sink with water. Then remove the stopper so all of the water drains at once. Watch for any sign of leakage, and tighten the fittings. Now that the disposal is in place, you can attach it to the appropriate power source and ensure that it runs as intended. 

Installing a disposal is a significant benefit for any kitchen and replacing one is necessary for when the old one breaks down or leaks. FOr more information on installing the right garbage disposal for your kitchen, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.