While pouring cooking oil or bacon grease down your drain after cooking might seem harmless, it can do serious damage to your drain. The fats in the grease that go down the drain can mix with other chemicals and substances to create stubborn clogs and even damage to pipes and drainage systems.
Grease and oil that are poured into pipes can lead to problems not only for the pipes in your home but also for city drainage and sewage systems. To keep your drains healthy, make sure to avoid pouring any fatty substances in the sink and invest in routine drain cleaning in Toronto.
What happens to grease when it goes down the drain?
Since grease and oil are usually in liquid form when they get poured down the drain, many people don’t realize how harmful these substances can be for your pipes. Pouring grease down the drain is a common practice even though it is one of the leading causes of pipe clogs and backups.
The reason for the damage is the sticky nature of fatty substances. When you pour oil into the sink, it doesn’t drain like water does and instead, adheres to the pipe. The grease continues to stick to the pipe and builds up over time.
The damage that grease does when it enters the sink doesn’t stop in your home’s pipework—it continues to cause problems in city sewage systems. Once the material that goes down the drain reaches the sewers, any fat or grease particles in the water react with chemicals that are present. The grease breaks down into its component parts and binds to calcium in the sewage system. The resulting compound builds up on sewage pipes and can cause major problems. The sticky nature of this compound means that it can build up rapidly on pipes and it does not clear out of the pipe on its own.
Keeping your drain protected from grease and oil clogs
The best way to avoid grease clogs in your drain is by avoiding pouring any fatty or oily substances down the sink. Even if you have a garbage disposal, any grease that goes down your drain can lead to a buildup. Greasy foods like sauces and salad dressings should be thoroughly scraped into the garbage before washing plates in the sink. If you are cooking with a lot of grease, make sure to pour the oil into a container after use to let it cool before throwing it away.
Signs of grease buildup and clogging in pipes include water that’s slow to drain or an unpleasant odor coming from your pipes. Solving these problems can be as easy as getting professional drain cleaning in Toronto to clear up any grease or oil issues.
Rooter Group Inc. offers professional plumbing services for common plumbing issues, including grease-clogged pipes. No matter what repairs or maintenance you may need, you can trust our trained team to solve the problem and keep your pipes in great condition!