It Is Not A Good Idea To Flush Food Scraps Down The Toilet

August 8, 2018

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The world is full of false suggestions and the internet is making those false suggestions more accessible.  One of them happens to effect those without a kitchen sink garbage disposal.  The idea makes sense that if your toilet can handle human waste, who can't it handle food waste?   While that concept sounds acceptable on paper, plumbers will quickly tell you it's is not only a horrible idea but you run the risk of clogging up your toilet and causing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Considering human waste is easier to break apart with the flushing of water, raw or cooked foods that has not been eaten can easily get stuck in the toilet trap way or only get one or two feet into the branch drain before it's stuck. Not to mention toilets simply don't provide enough water to get the job done.  Newer commodes only release  1.6 or 1.2 gallons to flush and although older toilet that use much more water may get the job done, it's probably best to use the toilet for its intended purpose and much as you may see this as an eco-friendly move, don't ask your toilet to multi-task.  On the subject of garbage disposals, plumbers also say the worst food to send down the drain are starches like rice or mashed potatoes, because when the starch combines with the water it liquefies into a gooey gel that's hard to push through. Cooking oils will clog your pipes over time and your disposer is not designed to pummel bones into passable bits, so dispose of starches, oils and bones in the trash can and not down the sink. 

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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