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Figure installation. Installing food waste disposals requires a certain comfort level with both plumbing and electricity. If you're not handy, have it installed by a professional, especially if there's a dishwasher involved. Things get more complex hooking in the dishwasher.

Types. There are typically 2 types of disposers available, 'continuos feed' and 'batch feed'. Continuous feed model are activated by a separate wall switch. Batch feed models get filled up with food waste and then when the cover is installed, the cover activates the on/off switch. This latter design is safer where small children may be present in the household but generally cost more. They can also be a bit less handy to use.

Buy all the capacity you can. Having a bigger motor and better materials means longer disposer life. It makes more economic sense to buy bigger, especially if you must hire a plumber to install your disposer, which can easily triple your total costs.

Don't discount style. You're probably thinking, "Garbage disposers, stylish? Give me a break!" If you wouldn't mind spending a little more to achieve a designer look, you'll be amazed by the sleek, color-coordinated, optional air-switch operated, 1 horsepower machines that are available.

Check local codes. If you're on a septic system or live in an area with overloaded sewers, a disposer may not be an option. Check local codes before buying.

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Material. If you're planning on keeping the disposal a while, look for models with a stainless steel 'grinding chamber' and shredder/grinder. Such material tends to last longer but is often only used on higher-end products.

Look for Reverse. Models which automatically reverse each time they start up will help to avoid jams. This feature is not usually found on lower-end or 'builder grade' units.

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Disposer Care - Garbage Disposal Deodorizer Disposer Care is designed to clean and deodorize your garbage disposer. The powerful blue foaming action scrubs away food, grease and odors, cleaning your entire garbage disposer and drain, leaving a pleasant lemon fresh scent.

Convenient, easy-to-use individual packets. Simply drop in the individual cleaning packet and let your disposer do the work for you. No muss... no fuss. Regular use of Disposer Care will eliminate grunge and odor. Use every 2-4 weeks, or as needed.

Disposer Care is non-corrosive, biodegradable and safe for septic tanks and all ages of plumbing including PVC pipes.

Recommended by In-Sink-Erator, North America's leading garbage disposal manufacturer as well as by GE, Jenn-Air, Whirlpool and Maytag.

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