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DIY Kitchen Installs: Part 2–Garbage Disposals

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / September 10, 2019


Is it time to update your kitchen?  You may be tempted to DIY but the installation of the faucet, garbage disposal, water and drain lines can involve extensive plumbing work.  Tackling them on your one, without the help of a professional, could result in injuries, additional expense and damage to your home.

If you plan to install a new a garbage disposal, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before you start:

            Read Part One of this series on installing pipes and facets here.

They’re Heavy!

The disposer itself is deceivingly heavy; you could get hurt when attempting the installation on your own. Typically weighing over 15 pounds, homeowners are often surprised when the machine suddenly drops while turning the lower mounting bracket. Be sure to have a tall, level, and stable surface underneath the disposer so you can avoid having to catch it with one hand if it suddenly drops.

Risk of Electrocution

Installing a garbage disposal can be dangerous since it involves both water and electricity. Electric shock is an often-overlooked risk when attempting to replace an appliance. Think about your safety and remember to double check that all power sources are turned off and your hands are dry.

Avoid Injury

Garbage disposals use rotating impellers to move food through a grind ring, where food is broken down before it flows through the drain line. Even after turning the power off to your garbage disposal, the internal blades still pose a risk when handled improperly. The rotating blades and grinding ring are sharp, so keep your fingers away from these areas, and again—make sure all power sources are turned off!

Installing kitchen appliances is easier said than done. From leaks and injuries to extra expenses, there are countless risks involved in attempting to do these projects on your own. For added assurance and protection for yourself and your home, give us a call at (319) 377-2809 for all your plumbing needs!


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