It Lurks Below the Kitchen Sink

Whatever you call it, a garbage disposal, garbage disposer, food waste disposer is a device electrically powered… installed under a kitchen sink between the sink’sdrain and the water trap… which shreds food waste into pieces small enough to pass through drain/waste plumbing.disposal cord san jose 2

Note the black power cord passing through the bottom of a garbage disposal… It’s not centered in the pass-through hole because it’s missing a clamp or grommet during installation to keep the cord centered and away from the sharp edge of the housing.

Think about what you put under the kitchen sink:

Dish detergent, cleaning supplies, dishwasher detergent box, spray bottles, buckets, plastic containers, garbage bin, slide-out racks, Soft Scrub, Windex, etc. Sometimes, items placed under the sink push against the power cord.

It’s possible over time for the power cord insulation to chaff or wear through to the copper wire carrying electricity… Bottom line: electricity, a metal housing and water don’t mix.

Did you know it takes about .015 amps (electrical current) across the heart to kill a person and that you have at least 100 amps or more coming into the house main electrical panel?

Take a minute to look under your garbage disposal.

You can count on the certified and experienced home inspectors at Pacific Coast Inspections, Inc. to see what lurks under your kitchen sink.

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