Garbage disposals are perhaps one of the most underappreciated appliances in any kitchen.  Underappreciated until it no longer works, that is.  When a garbage disposal completely fails and needs to be replaced, there are things that a person should know before buying a new one.  Although the cost of a garbage disposal is not a huge investment, why throw money down the drain if you do not have to?  In this article, we will discuss things you should know before buying a new garbage disposal system.

Is The Sink Compatible?

Although most sinks are compatible with a garbage disposal, that is not always the case.  If you are looking to purchase a garbage disposal system for a sink that has never had one installed before, then the sink may be designed in a way that will not allow for a garbage disposal to be installed.  If you are replacing a garbage disposal, then this is not something you will have to worry about.

Types Of Garbage Disposal

There are two types of garbage disposals.  They are continuous feed and continuous feed.

Continuous Feed

These are the most common garbage disposal in most homes. A continuous feed garbage disposal is connected to a power source.  When the power source is turned on, the garbage disposal will remain running until the power source is turned off again.

Batch Feed

A batch feed garbage disposal is used in situations where there is no switch available to turn on or off the disposal. In these situations, the power going into the disposal is constant.  The disposal, however, is only grinding when a special magnet is in place.  This allows people to use the disposal in “batches” or when needed, thus the name batch feed disposal.

How Powerful Of A Disposal Do You Need?

Since garbage disposals operate with a motor, they are measured in horsepower.  The more horsepower the garbage disposal has, the more powerful it will be.  On the other hand, a garbage disposal with less horsepower will be less expensive.  If you have a large family or use the kitchen for commercial purposes, such as catering, then you might consider a more powerful garbage disposal.

Do You Have A Septic System?

If your home is connected to a septic system, you might want to consider purchasing a garbage disposal designed for homes connected to a septic tank.  These disposals have a reservoir with enzymes that begin the process of breaking down the food before it reaches your tank.

What Other Features Do You Need?

Due to advancements in technology, garbage disposals have come a long way.  Many of today’s garbage disposals have added features that although not necessary, might make them more attractive to the user.  Some of the more common added features that can be purchased with garbage disposals are as follows:

Noise Reduction

Many of today’s garbage disposals can run virtually silent. This might be an attractive feature for a household with small children so as not to interrupt sleeping routines.


Some garbage disposals can be run in reverse. This is useful in the case of something big that prevents the blades from grinding.  The reverse feature can assist in dislodging the blockage.

Stainless Steel

Garbage disposals can be made from stainless steel which prevents it from rusting.

Multiple Grinding Speeds

Like a blender, garbage disposals can be purchased with different grinding speeds. These additional speeds can completely pulverize the food that is sent into the disposal system.

Contact Us

Garbage disposals are relatively affordable for most budgets.  Given the number of options and models available, it is easy for a person to get overwhelmed with deciding what to purchase.  The professionals at Conyers Plumbing will be happy to make a recommendation of a garbage disposal that will fit your budget and meet all your needs.