How Long Do Garbage Disposals Last?

Garbage disposals are useful devices capable of reducing the amount of trash that people need to take away in garbage bags. The device shreds anything fed to it and disposes of it via the drains. Many people tend to treat their disposal units as trash cans as they believe that everything will go away once it goes through the blades. 

Treating the garburator as another trash can will shorten its lifespan since people will throw in coffee grounds, fibrous foods, nuts, eggshells, bones, and grease, resulting in clogged drains. Throwing just about anything to the garbage disposal unit will wear out the device’s blades and motor and require the user to replace it with a new one.

A brand-new garbage disposal can last for up to 15 years when used and maintained correctly, but it will wear out quickly when misused. A second-hand garburator won’t likely last 15 years due to its own share of wear and tear, and the homeowner will likely have to look for another replacement soon. Getting a newer model will guarantee that the homeowner can have a device that will last a long time.

When using the new garbage disposal unit, it’s important to remember that only soft foods, chopped foods, non-starchy fruit and vegetable scraps, and liquid are the only things that must be fed to the garburator. These things can easily be shredded and drained without causing any clogs that can make the kitchen sink unusable.

Should the garburator run into problems that a homeowner can fix, calling a reputable plumber for emergency service can be a lifesaver. However, the user can still clean and maintain their garbage disposal by using vinegar, baking soda, and hot water.

Ensuring that the unit is in top condition at all times will let the user benefit from using a garbage disposal unit for years to come. For more information, see this article by Mr. Rooter.