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Why You Shouldn’t Pour Grease Down the Drain

By now, we all know what a diet of greasy, deep fried food can do to our health. Well, just as grease can clog arteries and bring about other health issues, it can wreak havoc with your homes’ plumbing system, too.

Pouring fat, oil, and grease (FOG) down the drain, garbage disposal or even toilet may seem harmless at first. After all, it’s in a liquid state.  But as it makes its way through your pipes, it begins to cool. As it cools, it turns into a solid, coating the lining of your pipes.

Over time, the build-up thickens, restricts water flow, and creates the perfect environment for a stubborn clog. What’s more, these clogs can cause nasty sewage back-ups and overflows. And then you REALLY have a plumbing problem on your hands.

What then are you supposed to do with all that cooking grease? Here are some tips for its proper disposal:

  • Scrape greasy food remnants into your trash bin, not the sink or garbage disposal drain.
  • Pour grease from pots and pans into a glass jar or metal coffee can, then cover it with a lid.
  • Wipe off any excess grease from your sink or countertops with a paper towel before washing with warm, soapy water.
  • Routinely flush your sink with boiling water. You also can add ¼ cup each of baking soda and white vinegar to help clear your drains.

Funny thing about FOG, though:  even with the best of intentions, it still somehow manages to get inside most peoples’ drains from time to time.  If you have a clogged kitchen sink or garbage disposal on your hands – now or any time – Arnold & Sons Plumbing & Drain Cleaning can make short work of it.  Give us a call for prompt and dependable service.

Why You Shouldn’t Pour Grease Down the Drain

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