While cleaning up after cooking a hefty meal, we often get tempted to dump hot oil down the drain. What harm could it do, right? It’s liquid after all! But while this may not seem like a big deal in the moment, it could be seriously damaging the entire drainage system. If not prevented, it could lead to major replacement costs. Here’s why you should never put grease down the drain.
The Oil Sticks to the Walls of the Drain
When you pour hot oil down the drain, it’s in the form of a liquid, but over time, it turns into a solid state. These oils could be anything from vegetable oil to coconut oil or even beef fat.
The grease hardens and sticks to the sides of the drain, along with small food particles that may combine with the grease. This usually happens where the pipe has a bend in a U-shape.
The result is funky smells and mold growth within the drainage pipe. Call or hire a professional plumber to assist you in fixing the problem.
The Oil can Wreck the Pipes
Even though olive oil or vegetable oil doesn’t solidify, experts still don’t recommend pouring them down the drain. This is because oils form a coat along the walls of the drain, as they don’t mix with water.
This coat can harden with time and causes severe damage in the long run. It also tends to catch everything that’s thrown in its direction, such as hair, dirt, food particles, and debris.
Combined with water, mold growth ensues, leading to pungent smells, irritation, and allergies. Sometimes, excessive grease build-up can cause the pipe to clog, sending water back up the pipes.
How to Dispose of Oils the Right Way
Restaurants and cafes across the U.S dispose of used cooking oils in containers and have them picked up by a renderer (a professional company specializing in cooking oil pickup). The food industry across the U.S generates about 3 billion gallons of used cooking oil annually. If not disposed of properly, this oil could cause havoc in the sewer system.
Use a plastic container or a Ziploc bag to store the used cooking oil. Let it cool off first, then after adding the contents in the bag, throw it in the bin, ready to be picked up by your local garbage man.
Used cooking oils can be recycled and refined to create biofuel. Search for local recycling centers online to see if they will accept oil waste from your home.
If you have accidentally thrown down oil down the drain, then quickly pour in hot water with a pinch of baking soda and a splash of vinegar. Finish this process by adding another pot of boiling water. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar will help loosen any grime.
Seek expert help from a professional plumber if you experience drainpipe clogging, mold growth, or a funky smell. Our quality craftsmanship, upfront pricing, and money-back guarantee have enabled us to serve a broad clientele for years. Call us to find out more.