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.
Your garbage disposal is able to handle a lot of abuse. From everyday leftovers to corn cobs and cooked steak, it can chew just about anything up in a matter of seconds and send the shredded bits down the drain without a second thought.
Except for grease.
Grease is one of those things that will cause major damage to your pipes and create a need for plumbing services, sometimes even years after it was poured down the drain initially. In fact, grease has been known to lurk in sewer traps for years, blocking sewer drains for several blocks and contaminating water sources for an entire city. The next time you think about dumping your grease down the drain, make the responsible decision and dispose of it properly.
How Should I Dispose of Grease?
Since grease is normally extremely hot after it's used, it's unwise to dump it straight into the trash can, since it can melt the plastic or even potentially start a fire with the debris inside. The best course of action is to dump the grease in a coffee cup or mason jar and let it cool, then scoop it out into the trash can with a spoon. If you're using cooking oil, the same process applies, but you have the added option of saving it to use the next time you're frying something.
Why is Disposing Grease Down the Drain Bad?
Grease in the drain is a plumber's worst nightmare. Though it slides down the drain without any problem initially, once it gets down the pipes, it can stick to the sides of the wall and cool, causing a clog that only gets worse over time. Food and other waste will fasten to the hardened grease, and you can have a clog in your plumbing that will be a real challenge to get out. These situations almost always end with scheduling plumbing services to fix your drains.
What if I've Already Poured Grease Down the Drain?
If you just poured grease down the drain minutes ago and remember that it will hurt your plumbing, time is of the essence. Boil some water and pour it down the drain while the faucet is going on the highest temperature. While you do that, squirt dish soap down the drain as well. The combination of boiling water and dish soap will lubricate the walls of the drain and hopefully slide the clog out of the pipes. Be careful with this method if you have PVC plumbing as the boiling water could melt your pipes.