Kitchen drains clogged by cooking grease is a call any plumber is used to hearing around the holidays, and this is one of the easiest clogs to prevent. Pouring cooking greases, such as olive oil, vegetable oil, or runoff from cooking meats, down the drain can lead to clogged pipes.
Grease Down Pipes Is a Big Plumbing Problem
Many plumbers have gotten the call before—grease-clogged pipes just before the Thanksgiving meal is to be prepared. It may seem harmless to pour liquid grease down a kitchen sink, but it is important to keep in mind that the grease is won’t remain liquid. When the grease cools down as it is exposed to water, it begins to build up and harden. The more grease that is poured down the drain, the increased likelihood that the width of the pipe will decrease due to buildup. Depending on the plumbing in the home, a blockage due to grease can also affect laundry and bathroom plumbing as well.
Unfortunately, grease buildups can be pushed into sewers, where it combines with the cooking grease of other households in the surrounding area and forms a large, greasy menace. This can result in a backup of raw sewage that can pose a danger to public health.
What to Do With Grease
Instead of pouring grease down the drain, wait for it to cool and wipe it with a towel. Another way to manage grease is to pour the grease into a non-recyclable container and throw it in the garbage when cool.
While pouring cooking grease down the drain should always be avoided, these are some ways to further prevent blockage in drains:
- Pour bleach down the kitchen drain once a week, and
- Fill the sink with hot water before allowing it to drain.
If grease has caused a buildup in the pipes in your home, it may be too difficult to fix without an experienced plumber. Call A-1 Sewer & Septic before the holiday season leaves you stuck with a houseful of people and clogged drains!