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How Does a Garbage Disposal Work?

If you cook a lot at home, then you are probably used to having to dig food scraps out of the kitchen sink drain or having to throw away foods in the trash. The garbage disposal was devised as a way to cut down on the amount of food scraps that end up in landfills by grinding up food so that it can be disposed of in your septic tank or wastewater disposal system. But for those that don’t yet have a garbage disposal system or are just plain curious as to how they work, they may seem like strange devices to have installed under your sink. In today’s post, we’d like to take a look at how a garbage disposal works. For all of your garbage disposal needs in Savoy, IL, call Lanz Heating & Cooling. We can find inventive and cost-effective ways of improving the quality of your home.

The Low Down on Garbage Disposals

Contrary to horror movies and other uninformed opinions, a garbage disposal does not have a series of blades that purée anything that gets in their way. It does not function like a blender or lawn mower, although it can be dangerous. A garbage disposal system is a relatively simple system that uses centrifugal force to pull down food scraps and grind them up between metal lugs and a barbed ring that rotates at a very high rate.  Once they have reached a certain size, the scraps then move down into the drainpipe to be disposed of like the rest of the water. The entire device is powered by a relatively simple electric motor and integrates directly into your wastewater disposal system.

A professionally installed and serviced garbage disposal systems has numerous benefits. For one, it helps to cut down on the amount of food waste that goes into your garbage, which reduces odors and lessens the amount of stuff that ends up in the landfill. It can also help you avoid clogs in your drainpipes by allowing you to grind them before they reach your piping. Call Lanz Heating & Cooling today for all of your garbage disposal needs. We install and service them, so get in touch with one of our friendly professionals today should yours need to be cleaned or repaired.



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