Watch What You Do with Cooking Oil | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Watch What You Do with Cooking Oil | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Cooking oil and grease will gum up your plumbing.

You were kind of glad it was so cold outside this morning. It gave you the perfect excuse for cancelling your walk with friendsigh around the St. Pete Pier.  On the other hand, It gave you time to work on the drain in your kitchen sink. It’s been slow recently,

Slow or clogged kitchen drains are common in most homes because so much, from food bits to cooking oils, gets dumped into sinks. Those items can build up an cause clogs that can be hard to dislodge.

You might be saying, wait, I know better than to dump cooking oil into my sink. So why is that a factor?

Well, because more grease goes into your plumbing than you think. Consider this – your fry a few pieces of bacon. Before you wash the pan, you pour out the leftover grease. Then you rinse out the pan or put it directly in the dishwasher. The grease that was still clinging to the pan is now in your plumbing system. explains that grease clogs are “most usually a problem with greases that are solid at room temperature but liquid at cooking temperature (or under hot water). When hot, it is liquid enough to be poured down a drain, but very soon after (i.e., while still in the pipes) it cools enough to solidify. It does this on the walls of your pipes. Cooling rates aren’t uniform, so the grease doesn’t always cool off and solidify into your pipes at the same place each time you pour it down the sink. Over time, enough eventually builds up to cause a blockage. …

“Any kind of improper slope of your drain can exacerbate this, and cause the buildup to occur faster. A lot of bends in the pipes, excessively cold pipes, or debris in the pipes could accelerate this as well.

Running hot water down the drain will only push the problem further down the line, as you’ll still have the problem of the grease (and water) cooling and solidifying.”

No matter how hard you try, it is hard to avoid a grease clog and even harder to get rid of one. The best solution could be to call in the help of a trusted plumbing expert like those at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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