Grease accumulation in the drainpipes is an unfortunate fact of life in many kitchens, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a nightmare. A grease-clogged drain can be incredibly frustrating. The grease accumulates in the drainpipe, where it will then block the water from continuing down the pipe. Eventually, it will result in an overflow. Not only will you then be faced with clearing the pipe, but you’ll also be faced with the costs resulting from any water damage that is sustained during the overflow. On top of that, the grease can begin to smell as it turns into a giant mess.
Generally, grease is the byproduct of foods or cooking processes. Meats, food scraps, butter, eggshells, soaps and an abundance of other common household items can lead to an accumulation of grease within the pipes. Even the most cautious cooks can still inadvertently send grease down the drain just by rinsing off a dirty plate!
A grease-filled drain doesn’t have to mean the end for your sink. There are actually a few simple and cost effective ways to save your home from this messy fate. Here are some tips from your local plumbers in Toronto:
- Be proactive: Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to grease. Take special care when preparing food to avoid washing any fatty and greasy ingredients down the drain. Butter, lard and liquid fat should always be disposed of in the trashcan instead of down the drain. Cleaning off greasy plates will also help. Just soak the utensil or dish in a grease-dissolving cleaner to break down the fat before washing it.
- Natural remedies: Homemade grease cleaners are effective against smaller accumulations. Mix equal parts hot water with vinegar to create a cleaning solution. Then, pour the liquid directly into the kitchen drain and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes. The mixture should eat away at the grease lining the pipes. Boiling water should then be added into the drain to detach any remaining grease. Any lingering smells can be eliminated by running a mixture of water and bleach down the drain.
- Caustic cleaner: A caustic cleaner is your next best step if a homemade remedy just wasn’t tough enough. This intense cleaner will break down some of the most resilient accumulations of grease. Just pour the cleaner into the sink before letting it sit for about an hour. The cleaner will gradually leak down the drain as it removes the grease. The concentration can be left overnight for a more thorough cleaning. Your last step is to continuously flush the drain until the water begins to flow easily once more.
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