Knowing How to Install a Garburator can be very hand skill. Many households in and around Calgary use a Garburator and the households that did not already own one are gradually adopting this wonderful piece of technology.
So, what exactly is a Garburator?
The Garburator works by grinding waste food particles like meat bones, egg shells and other such materials and then pushes them down the drain. Grinding food materials in this fashion before their disposal ensures that these waste particles do not clog your drain. These waste materials are essentially liquefied by the Garburator and therefore pose minimal threat to your plumbing system.
Breaking Hollywood Garburator Myths
The vast majority of scary movies portray a Garburator a being an instrument with rotating blades but this is far from the truth. A Garburator uses a grinding ring that turns your food particles into liquid and centrifugal force is used to push the food particles into a grinder.
Once a family begins using a Garburator it becomes increasingly difficult to run a kitchen without one. There are several reasons why a Garburator could be in need of a replacement.
Sometimes, the wrong item could be pushed down the Garburator causing the ring to breakdown in function, or your Garburator could just die of old age. Whatever the reason is here’ a handy installation guide to setting up a Garburator.
Please Note that a Garburator Installation is extremely difficult and if you don’t have the time, patience or skill to do it, it is safe to call in a professional to do the same. A faulty installation can greatly reduce the life of the Garburator and can lead to constant breaking down of the equipment which will only cost you more money for repair.
However, we’ve listed out the various steps for a DIY installation to show you how to do it. Before you start please make sure that you have all the necessary power tools and that you are well accustomed with them. Also, the necessary screws, pipe connectors, and other materials needed for completing the installation may vary from model to model. There are several variables when it comes to the installation of a Garburator that cannot be accurately described in the curse of one article. The following are just an over view when it comes to the installation of a Garburator and cannot by any means be considered to be a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Step by Step: How to Install a Garburator
Step 1: Turn Off the Circuit Breaker
First turn off the circuit breaker to your kitchen. Set a bucket under the P-trap and disconnect the drainpipes. Then remove the sink strainer. Remove any excess putty.
Step 2: Apply Plumbers Putty
On the new drain, apply plumber’s putty around the flange, and press it into place. Then lay a towel in the sink and set the disposal on the flange to keep it from moving.
Step 3: Prepare the New Garburator
Underneath the sink, stack the fiber gasket, backup flange, and mounting ring, and slide onto the underside of the flange. Install the snap ring by pulling it open and snapping into place. Then tighten the screws evenly so they’re firmly against the backup flange. Clean up any excess putty.
Step 4: Connect to Dishwasher Drain
To connect to the dishwasher drain, use a hammer to knock out and remove the drain plug from the inlet on the disposal.
Step 5: Electrical Cords
Next, remove the wire cover plate and connect the electrical cord* by matching the wire colors. Push the wires back in and reattach the plate. Electrical cords may not be available with the Garburator and may be sold separately.
Step 6: Test Connections
Test your connections by placing the stopper into the sink drain and filling the sink with water. Check for leaks. Plug in the disposal, and turn on the power.
A mismatch or error in any one of the above steps could lead to irreversible damage to the equipment which may warrant purchasing of a new Garburator all together. It is generally never a good idea to try and install a Garburator on your own unless you have experience as a plumber. The cost of having to repair potential breakdowns due to a faulty installation or the cost of having to replace it all together far outweigh any savings you may have in the process of a DIY installation.
If you live in Calgary or any of their surrounding areas then you can reach out to us at Urban Piping and we will provide you with an immediate, low-cost, and professional installation of your Garburator. Look us up on Google and you will find that we have hundreds of 5- star reviews by our customers who are supremely satisfied with our service. We possess an A+ rating with the prestigious ‘Better Business Bureau’. All of our services in the area of plumbing are licensed, bonded and insured.
So, if you are ever in need of a Garburator installation, reach out to the professionals and we will take the trouble off your hands.