It may seem like the simple thing to do when it comes to disposing of the grease from a meal in your kitchen. But you can never pour grease down a drain because it will cause some bad unforeseen issues that you may not have expected. If someone has told you this is an acceptable thing to do under the right circumstances, we implore you to find better friends that can give better recommendations. Such as us here at Hurry Curry Plumbing. We’ll give you completely solid advice that won’t destroy your home with a smile on our face realizing we’re doing you a great service.
There are a number of things that can go wrong with pouring grease and oil down your drain and we are here to walk beside you and break down that process as simply and understandably as we know how. As grease is in its warm stages it is really easy to dispose of down the sink The ramifications occur when the temperature changes and all that fat quickly coagulates. Over time blockages can result as grease is poured down a poor drainpipe multiple times. Going from the pipe to the sewers only succeeds in exacerbating the problem. Soap like compounds are what occur as fat intermingles with calcium in drains. As sewer level increase this soap like fat substance clings to the sewer water and results in a completely clogged sewer pipe. The larger the sewer the greater the size of these fatbergs (calcium fat combinations) are able to reach.
Now that you have been made aware at how not to dispose of grease it’s imperative you understand how to correctly dispose of it. This is why we are here to get you that pertinent information. For cooking oils like olive or coconut it is a good idea to wait for those to cool down after cooking and use a paper towel to properly dispose of them. For larger oil it can be a good idea to pour it into a container for use in the future to conserve the oil and avoid all the waste of paper toweling. Grease can be disposed of in a similar manner by letting it cool down. Once it is cooled it’s time to use a spatula to scrap out of the pan and empty it into the trash can. After that, similarly to how you removed the oil, use a paper towel to empty the rest into the can. Like oil, when you’ve got too much, it’s a good idea to empty it into a container to use in the future or dispose of it later.
Say you’ve done the absolutely unthinkable thing of pouring grease down the drain already. Don’t go into a spiraling panic and call the fire department to rescue you just yet. To fix this problem take some boiling water and pour it down your drainpipe to break up the oils or grease. Run hot water after the boiling water to flush the remaining fat through the pipes and into the sewer system. Work with the community to keep sewers free from grease buildup and prevent disasters. Thank you to O’Connor Plumbing for their article “Why You Should Never Pour Grease Down the Drain”. Check it out for any other questions on this tricky situation. Struggling with a clogged drain? Be sure to contact Hurry Curry Plumbing and we’ll get it fixed in a hurry.