Feb 12, 2013   //   by Daniel Cordova   //   Tip Of The Month  //  Comments Off on How To Deal With and Properly Dispose of Grease, Oils and Liquified Fats

If you haven’t heard us say it before…DON’T PUT GREASE DOWN YOUR DRAINS!  That’s true for oils and liquified fats too!  Grease, and liquified fats from cooking, solidify inside drain pipes causing blockages for flowing drain water and waste.  Oil, on the other hand, does not solidify, but it also does not mix with water, and if you remember from your childhood science experiments, it actually floats above water, which causes the oil to stay inside the drain pipes instead of flowing down the drain with the rest of the sewer water.


Here are a few simple tips for dealing with grease, oils and liquified fats and how to properly dispose of them:

DO NOT Pour grease, oil or liquified fats down the drain!

DO pour cooled grease, oil or liquified fats into a non-recyclable container and throw away with the normal garbage.

DO NOT clean pots and pans that contain grease, oil or liquified fat residue with soap and water.

DO wipe pots and pans with a paper towel or disposable cloth and throw the cloth in the garbage prior to washing the pots and pans in the sink.


Keep in mind that sludge from built up grease, oils and solidified fats is the number one cause for clogged drains in many homes.  Clearing a drain through use of a common drain snake or rooter is generally NOT possible when drains are clogged with these types of debris.  In order to completely clean a clogged drain from this type of debris, hydro-jetting or hydro-scrubbing is often recommended.  Not to mention that not only are these tips important for the proper maintenance of your home plumbing system, but they are also very important for the environment too!


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