Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
Nearly everyone knows that grease spells disaster in the drain, but what you may not know is that the problem isn't always immediate. You may also be surprised to learn of the hidden sources of fats and grease that make their way into your drain without your knowledge or consent. Learn how grease causes problems over time, how to avoid it, and what to do about grease buildup in your drains.
How does grease and fat hurt the drain?
If you are like most people, you probably assume that you will experience an immediate slowing or clogging if you accidentally spill grease or fat down the drain. You may even assume you are out of danger as long as the water flows freely soon after the big spill. The truth is a grease or fat spill in the sink rarely causes and immediate clog because that's not how it typically works.
Grease and fats in the drain cling to the sides of the pipes where they solidify and become a magnet for more grease and debris as it passes by. This creates a slow buildup of yucky grease and food particles that continues to grow until either the trap is filled or the grease becomes so thick that there is little room for water to flow down the pipe. To prevent problems from grease in the drain, you need to understand where the grease comes from and how to avoid it.
What are some hidden sources of grease and fat in the drain?
To understand hidden sources of fat and grease that can wreak havoc with your drains, think of the food labels on the foods you eat. The very same foods and oils that pose a danger to your health pose a danger to your pipes too. The higher the fat content of the food, the greater the risk. Here are some culprits you may not have thought about.
How do you avoid grease in the drain?
With a little thought and effort you can easily cut down on the amount of fat and grease that finds its way into your drains.
How do you clean the grease and fats out of the drain?
There are a number of ways to lessen the impact of grease and fats in the drain.
If you continue to experience slow or sluggish drains that do not improve with home remedies, contact your local plumber for professional drain cleaning assistance.