Here's Why You Should Not
Allow Grease Buildup in
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Why shouldn't you allow grease buildup in
drains? Grease buildup in drains leads to
costly plumbing problems. Continue watching
to learn more about all the reasons why you
need to prevent this and what you can do at
Grease in drains cause serious problems in the
long run. As grease solidifies, it can end up
blocking sewers and cause extensive damage
that calls for professional plumbing work.
Here's why you shouldn't be pouring grease
down your drains.
Pouring grease in drains may not seem like
a big deal, but doing so can set you up for
future plumbing problems. Your kitchen
sink is the first place all unwanted food and
liquids go — among these liquids are
cooking oils and grease.
Irresponsibly dumping liquids like grease,
semi-solid vegetable oil, butter, lard, and
animal fat down the drain can clog your
drains and, eventually, your sewer lines.
Once the grease buildup in your drains reaches
the sewers, the fats mix with the sewage,
forming clumps of harmful chemicals that can
build up and prevent wastewater from
reaching the treatment plant. As stated in a
recent review of the subject, fat and oil
buildups cause around 47% of the 36,000
sewer overflows that occur every year in the
This shows that improper disposing of grease
will accumulate over time and result in an
expensive plumbing bill. Don't allow grease to
flow down your pipe. Here are the detrimental
effects of pouring grease in the sink.
What if You Already Have Hot Grease
Down Your Pipe?
Contrary to popular belief, dish soap alone
does not dissolve the grease of clogged
drains. Although it is effective in cleaning
kitchenware, it isn't meant to eliminate
leftover oil in your plumbing system by
If you do opt to use dish soap, slowly pour one
gallon of water down your drain first while
simultaneously letting the faucet run on the
hottest temperature setting. Hot water
liquefies the coagulated grease, and