Will coffee grounds harm your pipes if you flush them?
Despite the myth that dumping coffee grounds down the drain every day is "healthy" for the plumbing, we at Elizabeth Plumbing and Drain Service are here to tell you the truth:
Coffee grounds and grease are the leading causes of drain blockages and clogs.
Even if you don't dump them all simultaneously, they'll combine to produce a sludgy, impenetrable nightmare.
Do you have or have access to a garden?
Coffee grounds may benefit all plant life and must not be composted—Scatter throughout your yard to discourage insects like ants and slugs while stimulating your plants. If you don't have a garden, put them in a container and give them to someone who does. Coffee grinds and wasted tea may both be used to fertilize houseplants.
What else can I do with leftover coffee grounds?
1. Place a small open jar of spent coffee grounds in the back of your refrigerator to absorb food smells.
2. Use as an exfoliant (A teaspoon of ground coffee will not clog your pipes!)
-On hands: to remove tenacious odors or fluids from mechanical labor.
-On the body, combine with coconut oil and exfoliate dead skin cells.
3. Apply as a dye
-Turning white garments into a golden color
-Transform plain paper into 'antique' stationary
4. Make your candles and soap
Candles with a coffee scent: Mix wax with ground coffee, then pour into a paper cup with candlewick. Remove the cup and enjoy!
-Homemade soap: Did you realize caffeine may be absorbed by your skin?
5. Treat yourself to a natural Spa day
-Facial therapy: 2 tablespoons coffee grounds, two tablespoons chocolate powder, 3 tablespoons milk, and 1 tablespoon honey. Wipe away any residual grinds with a cloth and rinse in the sink.
-Remove any style product residue from your hair: Rinse out after massaging a handful of coffee grinds through your hair.
(A tiny quantity won't harm, but if you have a lot of hair, you may want to avoid this one!)
What else am I unable to flush down the toilet?
1. Fat from cooked meat/Lard
2. Cooking oil/Margarine/Butter/Shortening
4. Dairy Products/Egg Shells
5. Solid items: Food Scraps, Rags, Paper Towels
Some plumbers believe pouring coffee grounds down the drain is OK if you run enough water to flush them out of the plumbing system thoroughly. Most need a lot of water—homes to rinse them that far. If you drop them down the sink, you should save a few dollars each time to pay the plumber to clean the drains when the time comes. Unless you're rinsing them with a lot of water, in which case you're wasting water.
Trash can in the kitchen- or plants - not down the drain or the trash disposal! That is the result!
Call Elizabeth Plumbing and Drain Service if you have a blocked drain or any other plumbing issue anywhere in Elizabeth, NJ. Call (908) 304-9983 right now.
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