How Bad Is It to Put Food Down the Toilet

Garbage disposal is meant to carry kitchen waste. This kitchen plumbing component has made the disposing of food bits and scraps so convenient and easy. However, it is not every kitchen waste that should go down the garbage disposal. For example, food waste like fish skins, eggshells, and coffee grounds are not meant for your garbage disposal.

People who do not have functional disposal may be inclined to flush remains of dinner, breakfast, and lunch down the toilet, but in reality, this is a really bad idea, and the simple reason is that your toilet pipes that carry human waste are not wide enough to convey food waste. Your toilet is meant only for water, human waste, and bio-degradable tissue paper! Food waste is the potential for drain-blocking material. They do not easily disintegrate!

Below you can find the kinds of food that shouldn't go down the toilet:

  • Fats and oils including butter, meat fat, cooking oils, and other oil-containing foods, are not friends with your drain. When fat and oil cool harden inside the sewer lines, they can potentially block your sewage flow. Not only that, they attract other debris and form fatbergs that are disastrous.

  • Starchy foods like mashed potatoes can cause a gelatinous obstruction that could slow down the flow of your sewer pipe

  • Grains like oats, rice, and others expand when mixed in water. This expansion can block your sewer line when you flush grains down the toilet

  • Hard food scraps, including apple cores, bones, and corn cobs, do not decompose easily. Having these food items down your toilet all the time can plug up your toilet drain, block your drains, and become breeding grounds for fatbergs. Worse still, they can compromise your city's wastewater treatment processes. Dispose of this waste in your trash bin!

Food Disposal Ideas just for You

There are other alternatives to disposing of food, other than flushing food waste down your toilet:

  • Consider putting very smelly food waste like fish skins, decayed meat, and others in the freezer until the garbage hauler comes for it.

  • Unwanted cooking fats and soup can be packaged in plastic cans or leak-proof bags and thrown in the trash.

  • You can save your food leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer. They can serve a million other purposes.

Contact your Local Expert if you are Having a Blocked Toilet?

Have you flushed so many food scraps down the toilet and it's causing a blockage? This is the best time to call the Emergency Plumber for help. Contact JCN Plumbing for your residence in MiamiĀ (305) 770-6860