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Dec
06

Mike Holmes calls on the experts and so should you!

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Check out Superior Plumbing in Holmes Magazine

“Where We Got It”– HOLMES magazine contacted Superior Plumbing to enquire about garbage disposals– “10 things you should know about Garbage Disposals – Thanks to: Blair Daigle, Master Plumber, 403 477 9754, www.superiorplumber.ca”

So what are the 10 things about In-Sink Garbage Disposals you should know? – The good, the bad and the ugly.

  1. 1 – Increase your water use – In-sink disposals use about 2 gallons of water per minute, which is why conservation groups argue that composting is greener.
  2. 2 – Are Controversial –The bones and eggshells that disposals pulverize aren’t going to landfills. But they do get treated at sewer treatment plants – many of which were not built to handle the liquefied waste, and that places added strain on wastewater treatment systems – sometimes at the cost to you the taxpayer.
  3. 3 – Work Best with Cold Water – The moving parts heat up during operation, so cold water can prolong the disposal’s lifespan by keeping those parts cool (hot water exacerbates the problem).
  4. 4 – Are Even Outlawed in Some Cities – They are banned in cities such as Guelph, Ontario because of the extra step the waste requires by municipal wastewater systems.
  5. 5 – Love Ice Cubes – Manufactures recommend feeding ice cubes through the grinders weekly, as the best way to clean them of any residue and debris.
  6. 6 – May Leak – More connection points mean more opportunities for leaks. Consider that separate flanges connect the disposal to the sink above and drainpipe below. Meanwhile, a hose even connects it to the dishwasher in some instances. All of these are points for policing potential leaks.
  7. 7- Can Rust – When the grind chamber and grinding elements are made of galvanized steel, their coatings can wear off and allow rust to set in. If you need one, go with stainless steel.
  8. 8 – Pose a Hassle if Clogged – A plumber’s usual method of snaking the drain will be more time-consuming and costly to you, if he or she must contend with first snaking through the disposal to reach the drain.
  9. 9 – Are Safer When Covered – If you must have one, batch-feed versions that operate only when a cover is in place are safer than continuous-feed models that run with the flick of a switch.
  10. 10- Are Nearly All made by One Manufacturer – Most are made by Raine, Wisconsin-based InSinkErator, which controls 80 percent of the North American market.

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