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Why Grease Should Never Go Down the Drain

Taking care of your plumbing is the best way to prevent plumbing problems. Most plumbing problems can be prevented with good practices and regular maintenance. Watching was goes down the drain is one of the best ways to prevent plumbing problems. Grease is one of the #1 things that should be avoided at all costs. Here is why grease should never go down the drain.

Clogged Drains

One of the biggest culprits of clogged drains is grease. The problem with grease is that it doesn’t stay in liquid form for long. Once it cools off and solidify, it can start to collect inside your pipes. Over time, solid grease will start to collect other debris that travel down the drain. This can form an obstruction that can clog or drains or cause slow drainage.

The best way to deal with a clogged drain is to have your drains cleaned by a professional. Liquid drain cleaner may temporarily alleviate the clog, but ultimately will not resolve the issue. Having your drains cleaned by a professional is the best option if you are dealing with a stubborn grease clog. Preventative maintenance will also help prevent drainage issues. Avoid pouring grease down the drain, and have your drains cleaned on a regular basis to keep things moving.


The problem with pouring grease down the drain does not stop with your own plumbing, but can go on to effect everyone’s plumbing. Your

Woman holding congealed matter in sewer

plumbing is the first stop for grease. Grease can travel through your plumbing and into the public sewer, where it is greeted with everyone else’s grease, and waste. As the fat cells start to break down into fatty acids and glycerol, they start to bind with calcium, which is a natural sediment, to form a “soap” like compound. This is a bad combination for sewer systems, as fatbergs can grow, with one of the largest known fatbergs weighing 17 tons! Fatbergs of that size, can cause plumbing issues for the whole neighborhood. Taking care of these fatbergs can also be quite cumbersome, and can take weeks to properly treat.

Dispose of Grease Properly

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One of the best things you can do for your plumbing and sewer system is to dispose of grease properly. For regular cooking, let grease solidify and them dispose of in the trash. Wipe pots and pans with a paper towel before washing to remove excess grease. For large vats of oil, contact your city trash removal service. Many cities have oil recycling programs in place.  Staying on top of your plumbing maintenance can help prevent clogs. If a little grease ends up going down the drain, you can clean your drains with a combination of hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. To learn more about regular drain cleaning, contact John Owens Services today!

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