Putting a garbage disposal under sink is a great way to up the value of your home, make it easier for you to cook, and get rid of some of the odors that come with kitchen garbage bags. However, you need to make sure that your disposal fits well, or you will run into more problems than the unit will solve.
The first step in any installation is going to be measuring. You want to measure your sink, the area under it, the area around it, and the disposal unit that you are thinking of installing. Keep these measurements on hand while looking through different offerings and brands to make sure that you don’t get your heart set on a model that won’t work with your home.
Once you figure out the size, you will have several different options to choose from as represented by a number of brands. First, you should determine if you need any special features and then look at all the offerings that fit your needs. Look at the reviews and make sure they are easy to install, fit well, and don’t seem to have problems arise within the first few years.
Check That You Have All Pieces
Once you have received your garbage disposal you will need to make sure that it has come with everything that you need and that you have all of the tools and additional items you will need.
It’s a good idea to take everything out of the box, count it, and familiarize yourself with the items. Make sure you have a wrench, screwdriver, plumbers tape, and any other products recommended by the manufacturer before you start the installation process.
Follow Instructions Completely
The instructions are very important and will often have steps that seem like they can be skipped without any issues. This couldn’t be farther from the truth and the health of your pipes and the safety of your home could be on the line. If you find that something isn’t fitting or you can’t understand the instructions, please contact a professional for help rather than risking the safety of your home. Assuming you don’t have any issues, read through the instructions again after you are done to make sure that you have followed all of the proper steps.
Carefully Seal Everything
This is one part of the process that will make or break the fit of your garbage disposal. Make sure that every pipe, every bit that has a valve, and every area that you disturb around your sink is well sealed once again. This might seem like overkill, but the number one way that disposals cause damage is through leaks.
Overall, finding the best possible fit for disposal in your home is just a little bit of leg work and some careful installation when you do get the unit.
Make sure that you take the time to look through all of the different pieces ahead of time and check over your work when you are done. Enjoy your disposal and whatever project you decide upon next.