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Feb 15, 2014 07:37 AM

Help- sink disposal tug of war!!

This 37 year country wife with a septic system (aerobic system) needs/ wants an under sink disposal!! DH continues to attest that I can not have one on this system- wahhhhhhh! May I have your wonderful & very wise personal experiences & honest advice? BTW- my sink setup is the traditional 2 SS sink with smaller prep sink on the left.

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  1. I grew up with a disposal on a well and septic. Ha apparently we weren't supposed to have one but my dad wasn't aware of that when he built the house. DH and I are getting ready to install one in our house on the same type system. Having lived with both disposals on a septic system and regular city water, the only difference is that you need to go a bit easier on the septic one. If you're used to not having a disposal, you'll be fine.

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    1. re: Hobbert

      Hobbert- thank you so much- your personal experiences are exactly what I need. I also kinda wonder if there may be particular brands/ types that would suit the septic system better.

    2. We used to be on septic and the septic company advised us that you needed a more powerful disposal to grind things up smaller than the cheapies do. We didn't get it cause we recycle so much that our actual 'garbage' only caused us to have pickup every two weeks.

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      1. re: c oliver

        Thank you- that would make sense- I believe there are 3/4 & 1 hp. models.

        1. re: bevwinchester

          Make sure to add microbial products to your septic system regularly overnight, and especially when on vacation, when they can really go to town on the gunk in the system.

          I love my sewer hook up. :-)

          1. re: mcf

            Mcf- yes, we do that.

            c. Oliver- thank you, a very smart suggestion.

            Alan408- hmmmm. DH may not like that.

            FishTales- yes, I do compost religiously as we have a garden, I just hate the itty bitty stuff that I would rather wash down.

            1. re: bevwinchester

              Well, shoot, if you already compost, I wouldn't get a disposal. I know several people who have one of these buckets that just sit on their counter. No smell. And they hold several (at least) days of material, i.e., coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.


              1. re: c oliver

                I agree but do not want the container sitting out; also, there's always extra little parts & pieces that just need to be sent out down to keep the sink clean, IMHO.

          2. re: bevwinchester

            I'd also check with a local septic company. They're the real authorities.

        2. The cabin is on septic, if you get a garbage disposal you may have to get your tank pumped out more often.

          1. We live in an area that has only septic systems. They were new to us when we moved here 6+ years ago so we went to an annual talk on them sponsored by the local WaterWise office. Apparently for the septic system to work best the only things that should end up there once passed through a human digestive system.


            ps-- Compost!

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            1. re: FishTales

              My brother has a septic system. The rule in their house is that if something has not been first consumed by someone, it does not get flushed, with the exception of single TP.

              I read somewhere that even food particles that are ground fine never really break dowb all that well. They form a skudge that is on the bottom and it will eventually cause problems.

            2. I am on a city sewer system but - in my recent kitchen remodel the contractor added a disposal and said that it would prevent clogs in the sink. I didn't used to have clogs (predisposal) but now I find the drain gets slow & I have to use the disposal. That being said I continue to compost and very little of anything goes down the drain. I caution against a disposal because it is mostly a pain in the ***.

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              1. re: Fiona

                Hmmmm, I do have a slow running sink now- was hoping the disposal might help??