How To Install A Garbage Disposal In 8 Easy Steps

A garbage disposal makes it easier to get rid of certain types of food waste and keep your kitchen clean. Many types of garbage disposals begin to wear out after more than a decade. Below are 8 easy steps on how to install a garbage disposal, either for the first time or when you need to replace an old one.

Garbage Disposal For Kitchen Sinks

Do This Before You Remove Your Old Garbage Disposal

Whether you’re doing a garbage disposal replacement or installing one for the first time, it’ll attach to the sink and have a discharge that attaches to the drainpipe. Your dishwasher outlet hose attaches to the disposal.

Garbage disposals are typically available in 1/3 horsepower up to 1 horsepower. If you have a septic system, you’ll need to purchase a septic-safe disposal. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your needs.

Tools Required

Here are a list of seven tools you will need to help install your garbage disposal on your own:

  1. hand saws
  2. screwdriver sets
  3. tube cutting
  4. electrician’s cutting pliers
  5. Plumbers putty
  6. garbage disposals
  7. bucket

8 Step Installation Process

After you gather all of your tools and materials, you now can move forward and initiate the installation process. Here are the 8 steps to do-it-yourself:

  1. Disconnect old garbage disposal
  2. Disconnect p-trap assembly(place bucket underneath p-trap)
  3. Wire the Disposal
  4. Apply Plumber’s Putty
  5. Install Mounting Ring
  6. Mount the Disposal
  7. Connect Outlet to P-Trap
  8. Tighten Mounting Lug

If you need more information, Home Depot provides a great video on Youtube.

If you have questions or are having trouble installing your garbage disposal yourself, please feel free to give us a call to schedule a plumber to help you out.