Preventing Grease Clogs

Posted on: 2 February 2016

Grease is one of the most common materials that clogs plumbing in the kitchen. This is because it is relatively dense, but still flows fairly easily when hot, which means that it can slowly build up in your pipes over time. Grease clogs are also notoriously hard to fix, because they are semi-liquid and cannot be easily removed with a drain snake. Thankfully, there are a couple of simple things that you can do in the kitchen to help reduce the chances of a grease clog occurring in the future.

Freeze Oils

The best and most effective way to prevent grease from clogging your pipes is to ensure that it never enters your plumbing in the first place. The easiest way to do this is to pour all of your bacon grease and cooking oils into cans or other containers, and then freeze them. Once they are frozen, you can simply throw them out in the trash, saving your plumbing from the wear and tear.

Flush the Pipes

However, even if you get rid of most of your oils and grease by freezing them, buildup in your pipes can still occur. In order to help reduce the overall amount of grease that is sitting in your pipes, you should run hot water down the drain for about ten minutes once a week if you feel like you are at risk of clogging. This will melt some of the grease, and carry it away, helping prevent the grease from fully blocking off your pipes.

Install Drain Mesh

While not always completely effective, installing a drain covering of fine mesh can catch semi-solid pieces of grease. This is especially relevant to the bathroom, as toothpaste and shaving products contain a great variety of greases and oils which can slowly gum up your drains. While these drain meshes won't block out all grease that runs down your drain, they can make it easier for you to remove it before it's washed away, and proactively prevent buildup from occurring.

Run the Garbage Disposal

In the kitchen, if you do end up pouring grease down the drain, you should make use of the garbage disposal to break it up and prevent it from forming a solid layer in your pipes. Run the water on cold through the garbage disposal – this will cause the water to harden up, after which you can turn the garbage disposal on to slice up the grease and flush it out of your pipes. Leave the water running until the disposal has cleared the majority of the grease.

For further assistance, contact a company like AA Plumbing.