Dos and Don'ts

  • Ensure that a steady stream of cold water runs into the disposer while it is operating and for three minutes after the final load to flush away all food waste.
    • Running cold water will ensure that the ground food waste flows through the drain pipes to the main sewer line.
  • Use a disposer to reduce your waste hauling charges.
    • Disposers reduce your dumpster size and/or number of pickups per week.
  • Use a disposer to reduce kitchen labor costs.
    • Disposers can eliminate excessive trips to the dumpster and/or need for additional scraping personnel.
  • Use a disposer to improve sanitation.
    • Disposers remove wet waste from dumpsters, reducing the potential for seepage, unpleasant odors, insects, rodents and the risk of cross contamination though harmful airborne pathogens.
  • Put the following items into a disposer: high volume of clam or oyster shells, drain cleaners, glass or plastic wrap.
    • These items may cause drain line clogs or cause the disposer to fail.
  • Fill disposer grind chamber full with food waste prior to starting.
    • Starting the disposer with a grind chamber full of food waste could result in a clogged drain line.
  • Turn off the grinder before it is finished grinding.
    • This could potentially allow ground material to settle in the drain lines and eventually build up and cause a drain line clog.
  • Tip cooking fats or oils into the disposer or the sink at all.
    • These items can cause drain line clogs. Instead, pour grease into a container and throw it into the trash.

Key Factors in Choosing a Disposer

  • Horsepower: It's important to match the power to the volume of food waste produced.
    ¾ HP75 people
    1 HP100 people
    1½ HP200 people
    2 HP300 people
    3 HP750 people
  • Durability: Mainly determined by the construction material used in the grinding chamber, etc. It needs to be resistant to rusting and wear.
  • Sink Mounting: Does the sink mounting match the size of your sink opening?
  • Noise Reduction Features: All disposers advertised by Central have a noise reduction feature.

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