Hiring a professional plumber for your garbage disposal installation is the way to go to ensure the installation goes well. You want a garbage disposal that works right without any problems, and that can be really hard to DIY.
While DIYing your kitchen might seem like a cost-effective measure for updating or fixing part of your kitchen, including your garbage disposal, it can actually be more expensive. It can also be dangerous since you’re dealing with water and electricity.
In short, there are multiple reasons why you should hire a professional plumber to install a garbage disposal in your sink. Here are eight of them.
- Safety precautions – Garbage disposals are great for getting rid of wasted food, but the disposal part of the garbage disposal could injure you if you’re not very careful.
- After all, it is a disposal designed to ground up food so that it’s small enough to go down the drain without causing clogs. Professional plumbers are equipped with all the necessary gear and understand garbage disposal installation safety protocols.
- Motor size – Did you know garbage disposals aren’t one size fits all? Depending on how much you cook, the size of your sink, etc., you might need a bigger motor. On the other hand, if you get one that’s too small, you could end up with a clogged kitchen sink.
Sizes include ⅓, ½, ¾, and 1 HP. A garbage disposal with ⅓ HP is the standard size for most garbage disposals, while 1 HP is the most powerful.
If you need help determining what size would work best for you, don’t worry. Your plumber can provide professional recommendations, reducing the likelihood of you ending up with a clogged disposal.
- Feed type – There are two types of feeds – continuous feeds and batch feed garbage disposals.
- Continuous feed disposals are powered with a switch. Once you turn it on, it will run until you flip the switch back off. This is perfect for cleaning out your sink after cooking a meal if you want to continuously push food down your drain while the water is running.
- Batch feed disposals turn on when you put the stopper over the drain, which is a good option if you have little ones and want extra protection. Instead of having a wall switch, the switch is in the stopper.
- You’ll put between three to five cups of food in at a time instead of continuously pushing food down the disposal. Then, depending on the model, you’ll cover the disposal and twist it or push it down to activate it.
Both continuous feeds and batch feed disposals work well. After that, it’s a matter of personal preference. If you’re undecided, your plumber can recommend what they think would work best for your kitchen. Just keep in mind that batch feed disposals are less popular, so there are less options to choose from.
- Drain – Your garbage disposal goes under the drain, not under the kitchen sink. A plumber’s job is to ensure that your sink has the right drain to go with the garbage disposal unit. Without the correct drain, you could have problems with your garbage disposal that result in clogs or repairs for which you need a plumber.
- Plumbers are equipped with everything they need to properly install the garbage disposal, including tools you might not think you’d need. As a result, your plumber will be able to quickly and effectively install your garbage disposal for you, saving you from watching hours of tutorial videos.
- Water and electricity – We all know that water and electricity don’t go together. However, garbage disposals are installed near water, or they wouldn’t be able to perform their job. This makes caution imperative. A DIYer could accidentally get shocked while installing a garbage disposal, possibly resulting in severe injury or death.
- Professional plumbers are trained to safely install garbage disposals despite the risks of water and electricity. In addition, they have the right tools to keep themselves safe, virtually eliminating this concern.
- Fulfilling codes – Some codes and regulations mandate how garbage disposals must be installed in certain areas.
- A professional plumber will be responsible for following all local laws, meaning that your garbage disposal will be installed up to code. The chances of something going wrong with it are minimized when it’s up to code.
- Certification – Unless you’re planning to live in your home for the rest of your life, and even then, you’ll want your plumber to provide certification for the garbage disposal.
- This will assure potential buyers that the disposal was installed correctly and that issues aren’t likely to occur with it. The last thing a new homeowner wants is a broken garbage disposal!
- Cost-effectiveness – While it might seem cost-effective to purchase the garbage disposal and parts you need to install yourself, hiring a professional plumber is better. The cost of everything you need in order to install your disposal could cost more than hiring a professional plumber.
- Plus, most professionally-installed garbage disposals come with a warranty. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong, part or all of the repairs will be covered under warranty, saving you even more money.
These reasons show why you should hire a professional plumber instead of attempting to DIY install your garbage disposal. Saving time and money while receiving quality work is exactly what you want for your kitchen.
Quick Quality Plumbing
With over 40 years of experience in the plumbing industry, Quick Quality Plumbing is here to install your garbage disposal. You can trust our professional plumbers to install your disposal with the right motor size, feed type, and drain so that it will last for years to come.
Ready to have us install your garbage disposal? Call us at 801.980.2671, or fill out the form on our website to get started! We’ll get back to you right away, and one of our professional plumbers will come to your home. Get started today!