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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Duane Mayer
Duane Mayer
02:05 14 May 22
I was very impressed with everything about them. Jim Colburn was totally great - knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. did a great job of disconnecting everything before our kitchen update, and then reconnecting the gas stove and fridge afterward.Highly recommend Jim and the company.
Larisa Bradshaw
Larisa Bradshaw
19:32 13 May 22
time once again for my annual main line cleaning, my line is 250 ft. long and with the annual pressure cleaning i haven't had any more problems. my technician Jon was fast, friendly and was even earlier than scheduled. So happy with all the people at Master Plumbing!
Sherri Jefferson
Sherri Jefferson
00:54 19 Apr 22
We had an emergency and called quite a few businesses. When you have no water and no access to your bathroom it can become a bit urgent and then everyone we called said the earliest they could come was Wednesday and it was Monday! When we called Master Plumbing they were so kind, helpful and went out of their way for us! Phil Conklin arrived to help us and he had rearranged his schedule to get to us earlier! He was so Great and very pleasant! He got right to it, figured out what was wrong, Went and got the part and it was all done in a very short time! Thank you Master Plumbing!
Linda Falter
Linda Falter
18:18 28 Mar 22
Jim was an excellent provider! On time, polite, informative throughout the job. He cared about providing the best possible service installing a new kitchen faucet. He also was very fair on expenses previously not anticipated (cracked valve) and a vent location adjustment. I’ve used other providers in the past as well as Master Plumber. They have consistently excelled in communication, experience and integrity and will now be my single source.
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