The disposal unit under your kitchen sink is a crucial fixture that may require maintenance or replacement. These units are designed to grind food waste into fine particles, allowing it to easily flow through your home’s drainage and wastewater systems. In a typical Salt Lake City residence, disposals are used daily, processing a variety of food scraps and debris. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, this part of your plumbing can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Dull or bent blades and internal buildup can lead to frequent clogs, especially in homes with standard double sinks. To prevent disposal issues, it’s important to maintain sharp blades, ensure the mechanical integrity of the unit, and replace the disposal when it shows signs of aging or malfunction.
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Continuous Feed Disposals are widely favored in newer homes, enabling users to add waste while the unit is in operation.

Batch Feed Disposals demand a specific stopper to be inserted in the disposal opening to activate it, which then turns on a switch to start the unit, enhancing user safety.

InSinkErator Disposals, a category of batch feed disposals, are recognized for their quiet operation, efficiency, durability, strength, and simplicity, making them a popular choice among homeowners.

Dishwasher Garbage Disposals, located either within the dishwasher or at the point where the dishwasher connects to the sink disposal, effectively grind and remove food residue from the dishwasher during its cycle, aiding in the prevention of blockages and maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen’s plumbing system.


Compact disposals, including models like the high-power InSinkErator, offer efficiency and robust performance. You can find cost-effective 3/4 HP disposals that provide excellent value, balancing durability and power. The more powerful the model, the better it will handle various food wastes. Many homeowners may not be aware of their disposal’s power level and its relevance to their food waste disposal needs, which can lead to misuse or unrealistic expectations, potentially overburdening their home’s plumbing system.

It’s important to avoid disposing of fats, oils, grease, stringy vegetables, and other substances that can clog or damage the disposal. Stringy vegetables, like celery, can entangle around the blades, similar to a vacuum cleaner brush, while egg shells and potato peels can also be challenging for the disposal to process.

If your disposal needs repair or you’re considering a replacement, reach out to a professional Salt Lake City plumber at Valley Home Services. We’ll assist you in selecting a suitable new model or provide the necessary repairs to ensure your disposal system functions optimally.


If you are looking for a plumber in Salt Lake City or any of the service areas above, please call Valley Home Services at 801-634-4358  or complete our online request form.