Most homeowners rely on garbage disposals, which are considered one of the best inventions of modern times. A garbage disposal lets you grind food debris into tiny particles that are less likely to get stuck in the pipes. Just by flipping a switch, all the food scraps disappear and wash away.
But if you don’t have a working disposal, you may convince yourself to flush food scraps down the toilet after each meal. Some homeowners don’t want to fill their garbage cans with organic matter that will start to smell up the kitchen the next day. Others who have disposals may wish to flush down food items that are not supposed to go down disposals, like coffee grounds, eggshells, and fish skins.
Every household needs a reliable and well-built toilet. Because commodes are used several times daily, they can sometimes be wishy-washy, usually because they are clogged. Many things cause clogs, but it is often because people attempt to flush food down the toilet.
Flushing food down the toilet bowl never ends well; some foods can ruin your septic system. Starchy and greasy foods do not dissolve well and can destroy your septic system. Food scraps flushed down a toilet can clump, turn rancid, and lead to clogged pipes.
If you have a clogged toilet because you’ve flushed food down the toilet, you may need to call a plumber to empty the food waste accumulated in the sewer line. Instead of flushing food, consider starting a compost pile for your fruit and vegetable scraps.
Composting is recycling organic matter like kitchen food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Gathering items like fruits and vegetables, eggshells, and coffee grounds into a pile, along with other yard waste into a compost pile, helps the environment because it diverts these materials from landfills. Here are two resources to get started:
A clogged sewage pipe can be stressful, cause serious health risks, and wreak havoc in your home. You don’t have to worry about getting the job done right with Gene Wagner Plumbing, recently ranked as one of the top two plumbers in Southeastern Wisconsin by Milwaukee’s A-List. Contact us or call us at 414-541-9217.