Why you should never pour grease down the drain

It’s icky, smelly and gross. But what people often don’t realize is that grease can cause a lot of damage to the drain in your house. You run a cooking grease down the sink drain and it builds up. The grease is not solidifying, floating to the top, or hardening. The grease has built up over time into a thin layer of sludge at the bottom of the sink drain. Eventually, this will clog your kitchen sink and make it unusable.

What happens when grease goes down the drain?

It’s estimated that the average Canadian family pours out $1,400 worth of oil and grease. That’s enough to fill a 42-foot transport truck with a load of stuff. It may not seem like a lot to waste when it’s just a little bit of oil each month, but when you take into account how we do our cooking each day, that can add up quickly. Often times it’s easy to think no one will notice the difference if we just throw small amounts away while using cooking sprays or taking shorter showers instead of leaving the long hot ones on all day. In reality almost everything gets thrown down the drain without a thought.

Grease can build up in a kitchen drain and cause a clog. This can result in the waste getting backed up into your sink or dishwasher and eventually flooding your basement. It can also cause you to have to clean the drain twice as often because it creates an awful smell in your sink, which makes this whole problem even worse.

The importance of grease traps

Grease traps are essential to helping get grease out of your kitchen drains. When oils and food particles enter your drainage system, you’ll need a trap to catch that reaction. If the drain is not connected to a grease trap, the grease may flow into the sewer and cause damage to plumbing systems or backing up into floors and walls. Although it can be inconvenient at times, taking time to install a reserve trap in your kitchen sink can save both time and money in the long run.

Did you pour grease down the drain and now you want to go to work?

 We all do that! Although not normally a very big burden, this is one of the most problematic tasks after conducting household chores. What to do:

 1) Pour boiling water down the kitchen sink drain until it comes out of the other end.

2) Let it cool 

3) Pour baking soda down drains – using an old towel or potholder

Many plumbers recommend using a plunger will hold the blockage at bay for a few minutes before you should call an expert.

Clogged kitchen sink? Call for backup!

The next time you need to do dishes and find that you don’t have enough room in the sink, it may be time to call a plumbing contractor to help unclog your drain. If you can’t run any more water through the sink or it’s not working properly and soap doesn’t work at all then a plumber will have to get out the other tools like snips, cutter and sonics.

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