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Garbage Disposals

The ability of a garbage disposal (or “disposer”) to grind up food scraps and flush them down the drain is a wonderful convenience in the modern kitchen, making meal preparation and cleanup easy and fast. Because they are so handy and relatively inexpensive and easy to install, they are extremely popular kitchen appliances. garbage disposals

From an environmental point of view, garbage disposals have pluses and minuses. They help minimize the amount of garbage that is delivered to landfills, but, in doing so, they require using significantly more water and energy, and they can strain septic systems and sewage treatment facilities. A good compromise is to compost food scraps whenever possible and use a disposer when not.

In this section of HomeTips, you will find helpful information for choosing a garbage disposal, as well as do-it-yourself guidance for installation, repairs, and care.


• Garbage Disposals Buying Guide
• How a Garbage Disposal Works
How to Fix a Garbage Disposal
• How to Install a Garbage Disposal

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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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