Professional Garbage Disposal Installation in Houston
When you run your garbage disposal nowadays, do you ever think of the Flintstone’s prehistoric garbage disposal from the original cartoons? It was a strange animal called a Pigasaurus. A creature perfectly suited to its job lying directly under the kitchen sink. Fred or Wilma would just shove food through the drain, and the pig would open its mouth and eat it all up, including bones and food that other people ate.
What is the purpose of the garbage disposal?
In reality, the garbage disposal unit is a device that is usually electrically powered. Similarly, to the Pigasaurus, it’s installed under a kitchen sink between the sink’s drain and the trap. The unit’s object is to shred food waste into pieces small enough (generally small enough 2mm) to pass through plumbing. Anyone who cooks meals for their family (or cleans up after them) can attest to all the positive features a modern garbage disposal installation provides them.
The difference between today’s garbage disposals and those of the Flintstones’ era is that the modern-day ones don’t let out a giant belch at the end.
Who invented the garbage disposal?
The garbage disposal unit was invented by John W. Hammes from Racine Wisconsin in 1927. Though he applied for a patent in 1933, it didn’t reach the commercial market until 1940.
During the 1930s and 40s, the municipal sewage system developed regulations that prohibited placing food waste into their system because it wreaked such havoc on their pipes. The InSinkErator spent a considerable effort and was very successful in convincing many municipalities to overturn these prohibitions.
Why should you install a garbage disposal unit?
Garbage disposals have become so inexpensive to purchase and install, that it doesn’t make sense to put up with the smelly trash can full of rotten food anymore. A garbage disposal allows for easier kitchen clean-ups. It helps prevent insects, mice, and other vermin from using your home as their personal food court.
Garbage disposals are pretty much standard issue in new home construction and kitchen remodels. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, or just want to upgrade your home with modern convenience, call the garbage disposal installation experts at Nick’s Plumbing Service.
How long does a garbage disposal last?
Typically, your garbage disposal should last around a decade before the blades begin to wear down or the motor burns out. This, of course, depends on when you installed it. You can expect your garbage disposal to last in the range of 8-15 years. Remember, this can vary depending on how often you use it and maintain it properly.
How should I maintain my garbage disposal?
Remember, garbage disposal units are only intended to process biodegradable food. That means you should never put anything down there, such as chicken or meat bones, plastic, or metal. Avoid dumping oil, grease, and celery (which gets stringy and caught in the blades and can clog the drain). Rice or pasta are also troublesome as they expand when they get wet. Disposing of fruit pits which in the disposal will damage the blades and banana skins are thick enough to clog the drain.
How much does it cost to have your garbage disposal unit professionally installed?
Whether you’re installing a garbage disposal unit for the first time or having one replaced at Nick’s Plumbing Service parts can range in price from $70-$650. The cost of labor runs anywhere from $190-$390, depending on what needs to be done.
Invest in a garbage disposal unit
There are plenty of “do-it-yourself” videos showing you how to install a garbage disposal. While it’s not the most challenging plumbing task, it should be handled by a licensed and experienced plumbing expert. So many things can go wrong when installing a garbage disposal unit. Not only are you dealing with your household’s plumbing, but you’re working with electricity as well when you tamper with your home’s breakers.
At Nick’s Plumbing Service, we’ve been in business since 1979. We’ve successfully installed and replaced thousands of garbage disposal units in the Houston area. Let us get the job done. So that you can enjoy working in your kitchen and quickly dispose of your biodegradable waste.
We look forward to hearing from you!