Where does the coffee grounds go?

For some of us, the morning ritual is a hot shower.  For others it is a good cup of tea.  And for a lot of residents in Glasgow (and the World let’s be honest), a morning cup of joe is the essential first steps to a good day.

We are of course talking about coffee.  Now while some of us use instant coffee for our caffeine boost, others prefer something closer to the real thing that you would get in a coffee shop.  Whether that involves filter ground coffee or a bean to cup machine – there are a lot of options out there.

coffee grounds block drain

But when the coffee has been made and the precious caffeine been consumed, what do you do with the coffee grounds?

Some of us flush it down the toilet, others scoop it into the bin.  And others pour it down the sink.

Guess who is going to get a blocked drain at some point?

In the past, many home owners assumed that it was absolutely fine to pour coffee grounds down the sink drain.  There were some who assumed that the granules of coffee actually helped clean the drain of other obstructions (as if it was sandpaper or something).  But as many wise people will have noticed, coffee grounds are actually quite sticky and tough and do not simply degrade like some other waste that gets poured down the sink.  And because of this, coffee grounds can all too often create a fairly impressive blockage in a drain that takes some real effort to unblock.

And that is exactly what happened this week for a customer in the West End of Glasgow.   With so many people still working from home as part of a hybrid working model, the amount of coffee consumed at home has naturally gone up.  And for this customer, it finally caught up with them as they drain became blocked.  It is not obvious that coffee grounds will block a drain so they tried to use drain unblocking chemicals which are pretty nasty things anyway but are also pretty useless for any blockage more than just below the main drain sink hole (which is exactly where a normal plunger would work wonders anyway).

So after trying and failing with this method, they turned to google and who should they find but one of the best drainage companies in Glasgow (if we do say so ourselves (and backed by hundreds of 5 star reviews)), JSL Drainage.

Local, reliable blocked drain repairs since 2006. At JSL, we have become one of the top Glasgow drainage companies for workmanship, timekeeping, courtesy and tidiness. With no call out charge and all our drainage work and parts guaranteed, our reputation and quality workmanship has seen us constantly grow through the years to become one of the leading drainage experts in the area and we are more than equipped to deal with your burst pipes and blocked drain emergencies.

So if you have been pouring coffee grounds down the kitchen sink and have noticed the water draining slowly recently then give us a call.


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