Don’t pour grease or cooking oil down the sink. If you do and you get a clog, then call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.
You’re training for this weekend’s Race for the Cupcakes Trail Run. It’s going to be your first 10K. Even though you’re trying to be healthy, you do have your “cheating” moments. Like this morning, when you fried some bacon after getting back from your morning training run.
While it tasted great, you did feel a bit guilty about indulging. But you felt even guiltier because you dumped the grease down the drain in your kitchen sink. You immediately flushed the drain with hot water and everything seems okay, but you are wondering if you did any damage.
Well, yes, by dumping grease and cooking oil down your drain, you might be damaging not only your plumbing but also contributing to a much bigger problem in your city’s sewer system.
Thedailymeal.com explains, “Here’s what happens when you put oil down the drain: It makes its way through your pipes and gets into the sewer, where it joins up with the area’s wastewater. This wastewater can contain a wide assortment of chemicals as well as other people’s grease, and when fatty acids bond with calcium (which is common in sewer water), the two bond into a soapy, waxy compound. These little fatty blobs stick to each other as well as the walls and ceiling of the sewer, creating something that’s called a ‘fatberg’ (yes, a fatberg). These fatbergs continue to grow and grow over time; one that weighed 130 tons was recently removed from a British sewer system and a part of it is now on display in a museum! Eventually they’ll cause water from the sewer to flow back up into your drains, which can make for a very, very bad day.”
As for what happens to your home’s plumbing, thedailymeal,com says, “This giant, greasy mess can clearly cause a lot of damage to the sewer, but it can also clog up your pipes as well. If you’ve ever left bacon grease in the pan for too long you’ll notice that it completely solidifies as it cools and can be very difficult to clean off. Now picture this happening inside the pipes in your house, every time you rinse out your pan.”
The image is pretty disgusting. Your better bet is to pour the grease in a disposable container, let it cool and toss it into the garbage.
Of course, if you’ve already got a slow drain or a clog somewhere in your plumbing system, you’re going to have to get it fixed. If home remedies don’t work, it’s time to call in the drain cleaning specialists from Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the Tampa Bay plumber of choice in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties for almost 100 years. That’s right, Billy the Sunshine Plumber opened for business in 1924 and has cleaned a lot of drains and pipes during that time. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365 – days, nights, weekends, holidays (yes, even Thanksgiving). Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here to help you.
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