How Do You Install a Garbage Disposal?

Install Garbage DisposalHaving a garbage disposal system is definitely a must these days. Save yourself from worries of dealing with proper waste management. Whether you are installing a new or replacing an old garbage disposal, it does not have to be that difficult although you have a choice if you want to do it on your own or you want to call on for a pro to do it. But as long as you have the right tools, you’ll do just find.

How do you install a garbage disposal? Here is a simplified guide in installing a new garbage disposal system.

Prepare Your Equipment for Install a Garbage Disposal.

When it comes to getting the best garbage disposal, you need to know exactly what kind of garbage disposal you need. If you have kids at home then you might as well get a garbage disposal that has a batch feed disposal feature instead of that of a continuous feed. Find a motor that is just right for your needs. Take a look at the specific features of the system you intend to buy. And if the plumbing system is connection to your septic tank, you have to get a disposal that is specifically designed for this.

Before you start the installation, you need to prepare the following tools and supplies:

  • Disposer wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Hacksaw
  • Plumber’s putty
  • Water pump pliers
  • Electrical cord
  • Dust mask and goggles

Once you have the tools that you need, you are now ready to start install a garbage disposal.

Install a Garbage Disposal

Step 1:  Make sure that you turn off the power first. The garbage disposal system itself should also be turned off.

Step 2: Check if the disposals have wires that are attached to it. Some have them while there are others that don’t. Take away the cover plate at the base part of the garbage disposal and connect the wires based on instructions provided to you by the manufacturer. Once you are done, put the cover plate.

Step 3: Next is you install the mounting ring and the drain flange. Use the plumber’s putty and roll it in your hands (snake-shaped) around ½ in. thick and 10 in. long. Put in the flange into the hole of the drain. Gently press. Snap on the mounting ring, fiber gasket and backup ring.

Step 4: Mount the garbage disposal. Put it into the ring and position the outlet in such a way that it faces the connection of the drain pipe. Make sure that it is firmly in place.

Step 5: Using the hacksaw, cut the discharge pipe and connect it to the outlet. Read the instructions of the manufacturer to ensure that you do it the right way.

Step 6: Once you are done, you can turn on the power and let water run into the sink. Turn on the garbage disposal to see if it works. Check if there are leaks. You may also want to run some items through the garbage disposal to see if it works and the waste is properly disposed.

By simply following these steps, you can install a garbage disposal. Owning an efficient disposal system is very useful in the household. But just before you decide to get one, knowing how it works and selecting the best choice for your needs are important.