Bacon grease can quickly clog a sink drain. If your drain becomes clogged from bacon grease, or any other substance, Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help.
You went to Crystal River this morning for a bit of scalloping. When you returned, you found that your kitchen sink was completely clogged. That wasn’t terribly surprising because the drainage from the sink has been getting slow recently. But, up until this morning, it’s worked even though it’s take awhile for the water to clear out of the sink.
You think you know the reason it clogged – bacon grease. Although you know better, you haven’t been diligent about letting the grease harden before dumping it in the trash. You’ve occasionally poured bacon and other grease down the drain thinking that there wasn’t very much grease because you’d only cooked a couple of slices of bacon.
You’re not the only one who knows better but who dumps bacon (and other) grease in the sink. In some cases, according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s a matter of people’s thinking that they have to wash out the pan anyway, so what’s the harm? Adding to the issue is the popularity of bacon.
“Consumption has skyrocketed as chefs and home cooks add the pork product to everything from doughnuts to vodka to gumballs,” the Journal says. “That means there is more opportunity for misdeeds.”
And those misdeeds can be hard on sinks and pipes.
“When poured down the drain, the fat coats the sides of the water line, gradually building up and narrowing pipes. Grease that doesn’t stick to residential pipes eventually makes its way to the city sewer system, where it can accumulate to form massive blockages. Clogs have gotten so big that workers have to use shovels to get the fat out,” the Journal reports. “London officials had to excavate a 130-ton ‘fatberg’ from the Whitechapel sewer last year. The monstrous glob was the size of 11 double-decker buses and consisted mostly of grease runoff and trash.”
No, you’re not likely to get a 130-ton fatberg in your plumbing, but you can create a large mini-fatberg of your own. The Journal reports that one resident created a three-foot grease clog in the pipe under the kitchen sink.
That’s not something you’re going to be able to remove with your handy dandy plunger. You’re going to need help.
If you don’t have a trusted, reliable plumber to help with your plumbing issues, call the plumbing specialists at Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.
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