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FAQ's about InSinkErator Waste Disposal Units

Why have an InSinkErator food waste disposer?

  • Helps to keep the kitchen clean and more hygienic.
  • Provides a convenient way of dealing with messy and smelly waste.
  • Disposes of food that cannot be composted.
  • Helps to reduce the number of trips to the bins or waste chutes.
  • Helps in the separation of waste for recycling.
  • Reduces liquid, therefore weight, in the bin.
  • Helps to reduce the landfill volume issue.
  • Helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced at landfill sites.
  • The average amount of food waste a household generates is 20-25% of its weekly waste.
  • Helps to reduce vermin around bin storage areas.
  • No storage of food waste ready for collection is necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do waste disposer's work?

    Food is ground into small particles and then discharged through the normal waste pipe. Cold water into the sink helps the grinding and flushing process. A simple wall switch can activate the Waste disposer; an air switch is available for more convenience.

  • What can I put in the Disposer?

    General food waste such as vegetable peelings, rinds and cores, fish & chicken bones, egg shells and other food left over's; they are not intended for non food waste and large bones or mollusc shells.

  • If it breaks down, can I still use my sink?

    Yes. In the unlikely event of a problem, you can still use your sink in the normal way and the water will drain as before.

  • How do I maintain my Disposer?

    InSinkErator units are designed and built so that no regular maintenance is required. The In Sink Erator products are Simple and easy to use.

  • Can I use one if I have a septic tank?

    Yes. This is not a problem.

  • Are they easy to install?

    Each unit comes with detailed instructions and can normally be installed by any reasonably competent DIY person. A universal plumbing kit is available and contains all the additional pipes and joints that you are likely to need. If in doubt, InSinkErator maintains a national network of qualified Service Agents who would be delighted to install your unit.

  • Are they safe?

    InSinkErator Waste Disposers are designed and built to the most rigorous standards and are perfectly safe to use in the normal way. They do not use knives or blades and the grinding assembly is deep in the unit.

  • What happens if it jams?

    They rarely do, but correcting it is very simple. Each InSinkErator unit comes with a simple tool that manually releases any jammed material.

  • How reliable are they?

    Every unit comes with a minimum two-year warranty, covering in-home replacement of all parts and labour, but it is rare for any unit to require attention during the warranty period. It is not unusual for us to hear of InSinkErator units that are continuing to give trouble free service after 25 or more years! Should you have any problems, call your local InSinkErator service agent or InSinkErator Customer service and they will be pleased to help.

  • What about the environment?

    Kitchen waste disposers are an environmentally supportive method of waste disposal that reduces the need for landfill and incineration. The organic matter, collected at sewerage treatment facilities, is recycled to provide an important source of fertilizer.

  • How noisy are they?

    Most people are pleasantly surprised at how quiet an InSinkErator unit is. (Quieter in fact than most food mixers).

  • Are they easy to use?

    Just turn on the water, switch on and feed in your food waste.

  • Do I need a special sink?

    Most modern sinks come with the large diameter waste hole (90mm) and are ideal for a waste Disposer. Those with a small hole require a waste reducer, which may be purchased separately. Nearly all of the sinks we sell can have a waste disposal unit.

  • What about the particular model?

    InSinkErator offers a choice of models, each with different features and performance characteristics. The product pages describe the differences to help you make the ideal choice for your home.

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