Disposal Time!

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Home Inspector with Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area InterNACHI 10041206

The garbage disposal... our friend. Well, if you have a septic tank not so much. Grinding up food leftovers and greasy foods and washing them down the drain can mess up your bacteria levels and clog up the drain fields. But, that's not what this blog is all about!

It's about the do it yourself-er installing a disposal under the kitchen sink without knowing the do's and don'ts. Physically, it's not a complicated job, but knowing how to properly and safely do it is another.

This one was installed by a not-so-handy man, perhaps he even installed a used one! There is a small hose connection that is for the dishwasher discharge made onto the unit just under where it mounts to the bottom of the sink. They come with a small knock out, if you have no dishwasher, you don't knock it out.

This house had no dishwasher... but the knock out was gone. So, every time you turned the water on, some dribbled down the outside of the unit to, yep you guessed it, right on the electrical connection! Imagine reaching under there to grab your favorite cleaning solution and grabbing a hand full of wet electrical connection? The wire is not hot till you flip on the switch but who wants to take that chance? What if your kids were under there? Yikes!!

There is also a nifty bellowed  turnout on the other side of the sink. They probably could not make the original pipes line up and decided to use a universal type pipe.

These type of universal pipes are easy to manipulate to make fit, but they are not smooth inside and food, grease and gooky stuff will accumulate in those grooves and smell dandy. Well, maybe not that dandy... Not to mention, those creases in the bellows are very thin and could easily start leaking.

 

If you are faced with a project like this and are not sure if it's over your ability level, there are lots of Plumbers out there that would love to do it for you. There's more to it than saving money on the installation, it's family safety and preserving the integrity of the cabinets, and kitchen!

 

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Fred Hernden 

 

 Superior Home Inspections

 

  505-588-9559

 

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Rainer
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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Great advice to DIY'ers!!!

If you are not sure if it's over your ability to do a project, hire a professional. There's more to it than saving money, it's family safety and preserving the integrity of the systems!!!

Nov 05, 2015 07:59 PM #17
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I didn't think anyone put a garbage disposal in a house with a septic system. thanks for the blog! 

Nov 05, 2015 08:10 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
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Fred- You know when you put that in the report the guy that did it, Mr Homeowner, will be all upset..."it's been that way for 5 years, what's the big deal?" Sheesh.

Nov 05, 2015 08:17 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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I have to admit, I'm not very mechanical, so I don't quite get it. But I have a great contractor who will!

Nov 05, 2015 08:57 PM #20
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I know my limits. I'd call someone.

 

Also, not a huge fan of garbage disposals. It's not popular up here at all.

 

Nov 05, 2015 09:58 PM #21
Rainer
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Raul Rodriguez
Covenant Partners Realty - San Antonio, TX
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Growing up in the 50's our dogs were the garbage disposals...can't do that these days. No, I don't have a dog or a disposal.

Nov 05, 2015 10:00 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I remember the joy I had when I discovered that this little wrench fit neatly at the bottom of the disposal unit that helped turn it went it got stuck. Until then, it was a broom, stuck in the top, being turned every which way to free it up.

Nov 05, 2015 10:35 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Isn't there some saying about having just enough information to make someone dangerous.  Sounds like this guy.

Nov 05, 2015 11:07 PM #24
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

I've had a handful of new garbage disposals installed in my day and it's not that expensive to hire a professional. Get it done right. 

Nov 05, 2015 11:18 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Jay - I just "liked" your "no like" comments 

Charles - I could see that happening... might be hard to enforce!

Joan - It's not that hard, but if you don't know... you shouldn't... right?

Nov 06, 2015 12:03 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Praful - You are right! But it still happens...

Kat - Most homeowners shouldn't either...lol

Sham - Bingo!

Nov 06, 2015 12:05 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Lise - They shouldn't, but it happens!

Scott - That's ok as long as I don't have to hear it...lol

Nina - Everyone should have that attitude!

Nov 06, 2015 12:07 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Richard - Smart man! 

Raul - The first disposals!

Richie - Oh man... a broom? 

Nov 06, 2015 12:09 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Margaret - I can't even give this guy credit for knowing anything...lol

Nicole - You got that right! Could cost more in the long run if you don't!

 

Nov 06, 2015 12:11 AM #30
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Fred Hernden ,  Congratulations on our Featured Blog.  There are a lot of homeowners that try to do their own work. Thanks to your blog, it will help them complete their task correctly and safely. 

Nov 06, 2015 01:17 AM #31
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David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

I have a septic, and do my best not to grind stuff down the drain, have a strainer type deal.  Pain though.  

Nov 06, 2015 01:46 AM #32
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm one of those who have no idea about dos and dont's. I would rely on a professional to install or fix it. 

Nov 06, 2015 05:45 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Larry - Thank you, they should let someone that knows how to do it correctly make that installation!

David - It's a bigger pain to dig up the septic tank and drain lines!  What you're doing is right!

Inna - As well you should... right?

Nov 06, 2015 11:54 PM #34
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 Good Saturday morning Fred. I've seen this so many times it is not funny. Congratulations on the feature.

Dec 04, 2015 06:48 PM #35
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Michael - You mean you don't laugh when you see them anymore? I usually go.... Ta Da!

Dec 04, 2015 11:33 PM #36
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