Posted on: November 2, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Plumbing
A garbage disposal is an automatic part of most modern sinks. If you are replacing your sink always look for one with this addition. It not only grinds up food but washes it away as well. If food is put in a garbage can, it rots and produces bacteria. This also happens at a landfill, causing a bad smell and attracting rodents.
In this video I will show you step-by-step how to install a garbage disposal.
The garbage disposal will attach to the sink and have a discharge that attaches to the drainpipe. Your dishwasher outlet hose attaches to the disposal. If you don’t already have a disposal, you’ll need a nearby outlet and switch. Call an electrician to install. Also check if a permit is required.
Disposals are typically available in 1/3 up to 1 horsepower. If you have a septic system, you’ll need to purchase a septic-safe disposal. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your needs.
Steps: Garbage Disposal Installation
Step1: First turn off the circuit breaker to your kitchen.
Set a bucket under the P-trap and disconnect the drainpipes. Then remove the sink strainer. Remove any excess putty.
Step2: On the new drain, apply plumber’s putty around the flange, and press it into place.
Then lay a towel in the sink and set the disposal on the flange to keep it from moving.
Step3: Underneath the sink, stack the fiber gasket, backup flange, and mounting ring, and slide onto the underside of the flange. Install the snap ring by pulling it open and snapping into place.
Then tighten the screws evenly so they’re firmly against the backup flange. Clean up any excess putty.
Step4: To connect to the dishwasher drain, use a hammer to knock out and remove the drain plug from the inlet on the disposal.
Step5: Next, remove the wire cover plate and connect the electrical cord* by matching the wire colors. Push the wires back in and reattach the plate.
*Electrical cords may be sold separately.
Step6: To connect the drain, insert the gasket in the discharge outlet. Then attach the discharge tube with the flange and bolts.
Now hang the disposal by aligning the three tabs with the mounting ring. Use the included wrench to turn and lock the tabs over the ridges. Then connect the dishwasher drain. Make sure the discharge pipe is lined up properly and connect your drainpipes — use a T-pipe before your P-trap.
Homeowners toss an astounding amount of waste down their kitchen sinks. At first thought, this may seem hazardous. You are sending that waste into the complicated and delicate depths of your home plumbing system, a system you do not want to damage. Garbage disposal break down waste so that it can better navigate the tight confines of your home plumbing. If you want to keep your garbage disposal working in top-top shape, it is going to require proper maintenance and upkeep. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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