Grease Myths | Clogged Drain

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Grease Myths | Clogged Drain

Grease is the No. 1 cause of clogged kitchen sinks. If you have a clog you can’t get rid of, call the reliable 24-hour plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

You’re planning a trip to Fresh Friday tonight if you can get that “to do” list finished by then. One of the chores on the list it to clear out the drain in your kitchen sink. It’s not clogged, it’s just a bit slow. You’re hoping to clear it before it becomes a major clog.

Because it’s in the kitchen, it’s likely a problem caused by grease, fats, or oils – commonly known as FOG. According to the city of Falls Church, VA, grease is the No. 1 cause of backups, clogs and overflows. That’s once the FOGs, get into the municipal system. But they can become stuck in your home system and cause the same type of problem there.

“Be sure to properly dispose of cooking grease, by pouring fats and oils from turkey, bacon, etc. into an empty can and throwing the can away. Please do not pour oil and grease down drains or toilets,” Falls Church urges.

Falls Church notes there are several “myths” related to grease and plumbing. It’s wise to know them so you can help avoid clogging your system:

Myth 1: It’s okay to pour grease down the drain if I run hot water with it.

Fact: This only moves the grease further down the sewer line. Eventually the water will cool and the grease will begin to solidify and coat the pipes.

Myth 2: It’s okay to pour liquid oils down the drain.

Fact: Liquid cooking oils float on water and easily adhere to sewer pipes. The oily film can collect food particles and other solids that will create a blockage.

Myth 3: As long as I can use the garbage disposal it’s okay to put fat, oil, and grease down the drain.

Fact: Using the garbage disposal only grinds particles up before passing them into the sewer pipes. It does not prevent build-up or blockages

Myth 4: If I use dish soap while pouring the fat, oil, and grease down the drain it will break it up and allow it to pass through the pipes.

Fact: Dish soap only temporarily breaks up the fat, oil, and grease. Further down the sewer line all that grease, oil, and fat will begin to congeal and cause a blockage.

Falls Church offers this list of dos and don’ts:


  • Pour oil and grease into an empty container, such as an old can, and allow it to cool completely. Once it has solidified dispose of it in the trash.
  • Wipe down pots, pans, and utensils with a disposal towel or plastic scraper prior to washing.
  • Scrape food scraps into the trash.
  • Use a strainer in the sink to collect excess food particles.
  • For oil, grease, and fat that do not solidify, mix with an absorbent material until all the moisture has been absorbed. Then dispose of it in the trash.


  • Do not use a garbage disposal. Grinding food up before rinsing it down the drain does not remove FOG; it just makes the pieces smaller.
  • Do not pour cooking oil, pan drippings, grease, salad dressings, or sauces down the sink.
  • Do not use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean greasy or oily dishware. When you wash them, the grease will end up in the sewer.
  • Do not run water over greasy dishes or pans.

Of course, no matter how careful you are, you still might get a clog. If you do and you can’t clear it on your own, it’s time to call the trusted plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

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