If you are considering to get one, read up. As it is, there are some municipalities that discourage residential garbage disposers because of inadequate sewer system or water supplies. And even if you live in an area that allows disposers, using one may cost you more than you think. So before your actual purchase, it may help for you to answer these questions:
- Is a garbage disposer appropriate in my area? Check it out with your local sewer authority to find out the disposer policy. Some require a permit to use one, while others totally discourage them because of limitations stated above.
- Is my septic tank big enough? An upgrade may be needed if you use a disposer.
- Is the extra water use worth it? Roughly 2 gallons of water per minute is used for most sinks, or about 700 gallons per year based on minute per day use according to research. Aside from potentially increasing your water bill, a disposer’s added water consumption is a concern in drought prone areas.
- Is the plumbing ready to take the task? If you have frequent clogs and backups, the plumbing may not be up to the task. A disposer’s added waste can add more to an already existing problem.