Why Is Grease So Bad for Drains?

December 4, 2020

You’ve probably heard before that you should never pour grease, oils or fats down the drain. It’s understandable that this might be your first move—your instinct is probably to get rid of it as quickly as possible, and because it’s in liquid form it would seem to make sense in the moment to pour it into the sink. However, this practice can result in some serious issues with your drain that will take professional repairs to resolve.

So, what makes pouring grease down the drain such a mistake for Coweta County, GA homeowners? Here’s an overview of what you should know.

Congealing grease is bad for your pipes

As you may know, grease will congeal and solidify as it dries. While it might flow down the drain, it only takes a few minutes for the grease to begin to condense. When it does so inside the pipes, this creates a sort of sticky trap for any other debris you might send down the drain.

The more grease you dump down the drain, the more of a buildup you get inside of it, which means the greater the risk becomes for a significant blockage that could cause backups in your home or other problems with your plumbing.

When grease does flow through your plumbing and out into municipal water lines, it can cause problems with local sewer systems. If you have a septic system, grease can clog up the system and throw off its balance.

Proper steps for disposing of cooking grease

Any grease you have left over from cooking should be disposed of in your garbage rather than down your drain. To do this, you should pour it into a dedicated container. You can use a mason jar, or use old cans from canned goods to catch the grease. Once your can is full of grease, you can scoop it out and throw it into the trash.

You may also be able to leave the grease in the pan, wait until it solidifies and then wipe it out with paper towels, depending on how much grease was left behind from your cooking.

With cooking oils, you may actually be able to reuse larger amounts of leftover oils. If there is more than a cup, you can pour it into a container to reuse it the next time you’re frying something. Otherwise, you can save plastic jugs with screw tops and use them to collect your oil, then throw the whole container away when it gets full.

If you already poured some grease down the drain, you should pour a gallon of boiling water down the drain slowly while running the faucet on hot. While doing so, pour a little bit of dish soap down the drain as well. The hot water will liquefy the grease, and the soapy water will help to push it through the pipes.

For more information about drain cleaning in Coweta County, GA and how to deal with your plumbing after pouring grease down the drain, contact Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. to speak with an experienced plumber.

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