Your home’s plumbing can handle a lot, and perhaps you put it to the test quite often. (No judgement!) Yet, there are many items you would never flush down your toilet, even if the pipes could take it. Common sense tells us that toys, clothes, and household tools don’t belong in the toilet – even if some people try – but there’s a very common misconception about what you can flush. 

As a general rule, only flush human waste and toilet paper. That’s it! That’s all your toilet and the pipes that carry your excrement away were designed to handle. Yet, it’s common for people to believe this misconception about toilets: You can flush food. Toilets handle our waste, so they should be able to take on food, right?

Actually, they can’t.

Well, physically, you can flush food down the toilet. It’s possible, but it’s not healthy for your home’s plumbing. Whole, raw, or undigested foods can damage your toilet and your pipes because these products are too large to break down and transport. That’s what makes your digestive system so useful to toilets. Everything becomes much more “portable.”

Mathematically, food overwhelms your plumbing system. Most toilet pipes are only about two inches thick and only widen only a little bit before reaching a plumbing system or septic tank. Imagine a pile of french fries or last night’s salmon squeezing through your pipes. It’s a tight fit, and while it can happen, that pressure can cause damage.

Furthermore, there isn’t enough water used in your toilet’s tank to accommodate transport of whole food into your plumbing. There’s just over one gallon of water used with every flush, and that’s not nearly enough to make your uneaten brussel sprouts disappear. In fact, they just might haunt you days later with a clog!

And, if you must…

We know everyone makes a mistake or sometimes it’s necessary to flush your food. If that’s the case, try to avoid overly oily foods, animal bones, or grains, which can swell or expand in pipes. Potatoes, rice, and oats are some of the worst foods to flush. These food items can turn into a sludge that sticks to your pipes and refuses to budge with normal flushing alone.

We’ll fix your food fiascos

The good news is that if your 10-year-old’s attempt to avoid eating broccoli results in a clog, you can try to work it out on your own. Shut off the water behind the toilet and try plunging. That just might do the trick, but if it doesn’t, trust the experts with generations of experience. Master Rooter plumbers can hunt out the source of your clog, fix it, and help you prevent it from happening again. 

Give our team at Master Rooter a call today to tackle your home clogging needs!

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Gichoon Kim
Gichoon Kim
01:31 08 Sep 22
This company is terrible. They extra over charge for any service. I had them do the whole plumbing layout for my new business two weeks ago. I needed to do some extra plumbing work, so I asked them and they said it would be over 2k. I called a different company and they only charged me $200 for the same work. I had some issue with the plumbing work they did so called them for checking it and fixing it. It was just cleaning the strainer and it only took 2 min. They charged me almost $200 for that. You can get way better service for cheaper price in other company. Please do not call this place.
Jason Aslett
Jason Aslett
18:05 02 Sep 22
Wyatt came out and fixed my issue with such professionalism that I was thinking all plumbers should be this nice. He answered all my questions and did fast work. We will be using master router in a future thanks Wyatt!
Bryce Beckman
Bryce Beckman
06:08 09 Aug 22
The Master Plumbing Technicians Jon & Brad did a great job at our residence. They went above & beyond when solving our issue. Very professional & friendly, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for amazing plumbing experts that know what they are doing.
Mary Ford
Mary Ford
21:12 19 Jul 22
Steve McClenny was very knowledgeable and friendly. Actually was able to come earlier than scheduled. He installed a new garbage disposal because our old one had rusted out. He was only here about an hour - very efficient and helpful.
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