It’s a known fact that grease is a by-product of cooking. However, many people do not realize how damaging it can be to your plumbing. If grease is poured in the drain it can build up and lead to blockages, which can lead back-ups and sewage overflows. We’ll look at the reasons why grease can be bad for your plumbing, and offer tips for how to properly dispose of grease.
Why does grease damage your plumbing?
Although grease may seem harmless, it can damage your plumbing system. When grease is poured in the drain, it will stick to the side of the pipes. Over time, this can lead to accumulation. As the grease builds up, it may cause obstructions that block water and other waste from moving through the pipes. This can cause backups, clogs or even sewage spills. These can be expensive, messy and dangerous.
Also, grease and other materials can combine in your plumbing, like toilet papers and other solids. This creates a “fatberg.” Fatbergs can be large, solid masses of grease or oil that block sewers and damage infrastructure.
How to dispose of grease correctly
It is best to allow grease to cool and solidify, then dispose of it. You can put the cooled grease in a container such as a coffee can or jar and toss it into the garbage. The container can be taken to a local recycling facility that accepts cooking oil or grease.
It may be necessary to hire a professional to properly dispose off grease if you have an excessive amount, like from a commercial cooking facility. These services can safely remove large amounts of grease and dispose of them without causing any damage to your plumbing or the environment.
Avoiding grease buildup within your plumbing system
For a plumbing system to remain healthy and functioning, it is essential that you prevent the accumulation of grease. Here are a few tips to help prevent grease buildup.
- Before you wash your dishes or put them in the dishwashing machine, remove any excess grease.
- Use a strainer to catch solids and food particles in your sink drain.
- Do not pour grease or cooking oil down drains. Let the grease and oil cool before disposing.
- Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are designed to break down grease and other materials in your plumbing system.
- To prevent clogging and to identify problems early, schedule regular plumbing maintenance.
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If you do not dispose of grease properly, it may cause damage to the plumbing system. You can prevent grease buildup by following the tips provided above. This will keep your plumbing system in good working order. Not only is it important for your plumbing, but also the environment, to dispose of grease correctly. Let’s do our best to dispose of grease, and other harmful materials.