A garburator is an electrical garbage disposal appliance that fits between the U-shaped bend in your kitchen sink and its drain. It shreds food waste into tiny bits that are washed right down your drain.If your family eats at home (generating food waste), you will use this handy appliance several times each day!
There are advantages (things to consider),and possible disadvantages (things to ponder) before committing to an appliance purchase.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Convenience, Convenience, Convenience!
Put your family’s food waste in your garburator and you’re done! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – a properly used garburator frees up time with a simple solution to food waste without the worry of major appliance repairs.
Be Kind to Your Dishwasher!
A garburator takes strain off your dishwasher by decreasing waste accumulation inside the dishwasher from food left on dishes – strain that can lead to major appliance repair.And just think how clean your dishwasher will be without all those food bits in it!
THINGS TO PONDER:
An efficient garburator uses steadily running cold water.Depending on your situation, this could slightly increase your household water usage. If this concerns you, weigh the advantages against disadvantages before making your final decision.
Because a garburator flushes tiny bits of organic matter (food waste)down your drain, a little more oxygen is needed to treat your drain water at your local waste treatment plant.
A garburator requires an electric connection. Depending on how often you use your appliance, it’s possible your electricity bill could slightly rise.
NOTE: There are garburator models requiring less water and electricity. These tend to be the higher-end models.
A garburator works best with a double sink – one sink for the appliance and one sink without it.
People who use septic fields sometime avoid installing a garburator because they worry about damage to their septic field, septic tank or a major appliance repair. Good news! The Federal Housing Authority and other groups like the Small Flows Clearing House assure us garbage disposals (garburators)work well with properly-sized and maintained septic tanks.
HOW TO USE:
1. Fill the sink without a garburator with cold water.
2. Scrape your food waste into the garburator sink.
3.Unplug the sink filled with cold water and allow the water to drain. (This helps wash waste down the drain).
4. Turn on the garburator and run water from your faucet”full blast” over it.
Although your food waste is immediately flushed out of sight, it’s probably still in your drain. That’s why it’s so important to run water into your garburator the entire time it’sin use. If you don’t, food residue can generate a sludge that could cause your drain line to clog.No one wants to make an emergency call to a major appliance repair company in the middle of meal clean up!
Purchasing a garburator is a matter of personal preference. Many homeowners love the convenience and reduction in “cleaning up time” after a meal and find major appliance repairs are few with a garburator that is used properly.
Before you purchase your garburator, we recommend you read an owner’s manual to see if the food scraps your family generates can safely and easily be put into the appliance. This will avoid purchasing an appliance that might not fit your family’s needs – and as we mentioned earlier, no one wants to make that emergency major appliance repair call in the middle of cleaning up your meal!
Gord Haines is a journeyman appliance technician with over 25 years of experience servicing major appliances.
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