What is the future of garbage disposers?

While some jurisdictions are actually wrestling with the notion of banning garbage disposers altogether, and some jurisdictions already ban them for use if a septic system is involved, this post is not really about that kind of future.

This post is perhaps closer to “Back to the Future” in terms of credulity.

In general, I attempt to keep my cool during an inspection but sometimes it is just not possible and when I saw this particular “future” I could not help but laugh out loud.

It is not unusual to see buckets placed strategically under sinks.  The rings and stains inside this pan were certainly consistent with past, present and future leaks.

When I tried to remove the “future” from the pan to see if there was any water in the pan, I discovered that the future was actually holding the disposer in place–and without it, the whole thing would just collapse into the pan.

While it is not uncommon to see disposers at the end of their expected life, I am reasonably certain this one was WAY beyond its expected life and that its future will involve a dumpster.

By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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