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goofymd
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 11:08pm
Subject: Coffee grounds backing up drain
 

a sort of funny story:  after having the plumber out to my house three unusually expensive times  (when we built an outdoor kitchen, the contractor put  the grill and counter over the plumbers access spot on the outer wall. )  they found a black slug , which I knew could not be coffee because 5-6 years ago (when I could get a snake in the outside access (or what ever it is really called) and found the coffee grounds I was putting down the disposal.  Know that with strict orders, no one in my family was doing this anymore.  my wife was telling the cleaners not to put anything down the disposal anymore.  the cleaning lady was replying     " yes, yes. I no throw anything down ."  at that moment,  my wife looked over her shoulder to see her emptying the knock box in the sink.  

oh well.  i was wondering, would pouring a bunch of Cafiza down the sink help?
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Posted Sat Nov 9, 2013, 4:32am
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goofymd Said:

(...)  at that moment,  my wife looked over her shoulder to see her emptying the knock box in the sink.  

oh well.  i was wondering, would pouring a bunch of Cafiza down the sink help?

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I wouldn't think so. After all, Cafiza only dissolves coffee oils, but doesn't break down pucks.

 
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Posted Sat Nov 9, 2013, 4:52pm
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NobbyR Said:

I wouldn't think so. After all, Cafiza only dissolves coffee oils, but doesn't break down pucks.

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Yea, but I wonder why it's backing everything up.  I know grease and oils do because they solidify.  ??
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 3:07am
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I wouldn't expect that much coffee oil in your drainpipes, but I'd figure ground coffee, especially in the form of a compressed puck to be able to clog your sewer, when it builds up after a while, for example in the syphon.

 
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 7:46am
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I put espresso pucks down my drains for 5 years no problem...this all seems so odd to me.
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 9:55am
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This is probably the biggest reason I don't do french press.  I'm not comfortable washing so much coffee grounds past my sink stainer, down the drain, even with the sink disposer running.  I would never wash whole pucks down the drain but I'm not so anal that I won't brush out my grinder over the sink or wash down a few stubborn grounds out of my moka pot filter I couldn't wipe out. That's my comfort level and I've never had a plumber in for a clogged drain.

However, at work, the employees who clean out the huge (5 gallon? percolator) coffee pot dump what grounds they can into the trash but that still leaves a lot of grounds to wash down the sink.  I recon the plumber is called in about every 3 months when the drain backs up.  The main obstruction is coffee grounds.
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:51am
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My HOA forbids throwing coffee grounds down the drain for this very reason.
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:38pm
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I put as little coffee down the drain as I can.  But some always cleans to stuff I rinse off.  I use them for the garden.  Shame to toss or flush them.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 12:39am
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Iluvdabean Said:

I put espresso pucks down my drains for 5 years no problem...this all seems so odd to me.

Posted November 10, 2013 link

Do you have a waste comminutor?

 
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 8:07am
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If thats a garbage disposal yes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOEZYVnjgdE

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Do you have a waste comminuter?

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