Why is Grease Bad for Drains?

Grease has been one of those items you are told to never put down the drain, but have you ever wondered why? As a matter of fact, there are a few reasons why this is a very bad idea. Let’s take a look at some of the things that could make grease detrimental to your drains.

Builds Up In Drains

The problem with pouring hot grease down the sink is that it changes states with the smallest of temperature changes. Hot grease is liquid, but when it is cooled down, it becomes a solid. Therefore, it is awful for your drains. This can easily clog up your drains, causing massive future problems, including septic tank issues, and backups which can become very unsanitary.

What Happens When Grease Builds Up?

When grease builds up, you can have many issues, whether in the city or in the suburbs. In either place, the most likely place for this build up, year-round, is near a restaurant, or near a grouping of restaurants because they are typically using a lot of grease, and if they are putting it down the drains, it could cause massive problems. It can cause clogs, sewage leaks, and backups that can take up to weeks to fix.

Another time of the year when this becomes a huge problem is during Thanksgiving. The grease from cooking a turkey, or cooking some bacon to go with the brussel sprouts, or even mashed potatoes, should never go down the drain, as they will solidify and cause many frustrations.

What Can You Do With Grease?

If you are a restaurant owner and using a lot of grease at any given time, or a homeowner, using lots of grease during Thanksgiving time, it can be donated after the fact and turned into biofuel. On the other hand, if you are not using that much grease, all you need to do is pour it into a container, let it solidify, wrap it in a plastic bag, and then throw it out into the trash.

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