Steering Clear of Clogs: Why Fats, Oils, and Grease Are a Drain’s Worst Enemy
Hello, dear Thomasville homeowners! If there’s one piece of advice we at Bohannon Plumbing give most frequently, it’s this: protect your drains from fats, oils, and grease (often referred to as ‘FOG’). While it might be tempting to pour that bacon grease or leftover frying oil down the sink after cooking, it’s a move that can lead to hefty plumbing bills and headaches. Let’s delve into why FOG is so damaging and what you can do to prevent clogs.
Fats are solid at room temperature and include things like butter, lard, and the fatty trimmings from meats.
Oils are typically liquid at room temperature, like vegetable oil, olive oil, and canola oil.
Grease usually refers to rendered animal fat that’s been used in cooking, such as bacon grease.
When FOG goes down the drain, it might seem harmless. However, as these substances cool and come into contact with other materials in the drain, they solidify and stick to the pipes’ walls.
The Domino Effect of Clogs:
- Pipe Narrowing: Over time, FOG builds up layer upon layer, narrowing the effective diameter of the pipe. This makes it easier for other debris, like food particles or hair, to get caught and start forming a clog.
- Major Blockages: As FOG continues to accumulate, it can create large blockages that prevent water from flowing entirely. This can lead to slow-draining sinks, gurgling noises, and even backups.
- Expensive Repairs: Major blockages can result in the need for professional drain cleaning services. In extreme cases, pipes may need replacement if they become too clogged or damaged.
Preventing FOG-Related Issues:
- Cool and Collect: After cooking, allow the FOG to cool slightly, then pour it into a container like an old coffee can or jar. Once full, seal the container and dispose of it in the trash.
- Wipe Before Washing: Before washing pots, pans, or dishes with greasy residues, wipe them with a paper towel to remove as much grease as possible.
- Use a Strainer: Place mesh strainers over your sink drains. These will catch food particles that could mix with FOG and accelerate clogs.
- Educate the Household: Make sure everyone in the house understands the importance of not pouring FOG down the drain.
- Safe Disposal Options: Some communities or local organizations offer recycling programs for used cooking oil, turning it into biodiesel or other products. Check to see if there’s such an initiative in Thomasville.
In conclusion, the dangers of FOG to your plumbing system cannot be overstated. With a bit of caution and routine kitchen habits, you can ensure your drains remain free-flowing and clear. If you ever suspect a FOG-related clog or need advice on maintaining your home’s plumbing, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bohannon Plumbing in Thomasville. We’re here to help!
In conclusion, your drains are an integral part of your home’s plumbing system and deserve respect and proper care. A little mindfulness goes a long way in maintaining smooth-running drains and avoiding unnecessary headaches. And remember, whenever you’re in doubt or face plumbing challenges, Bohannon Plumbing in Thomasville is just a call away. Our mission is to ensure every home in our community enjoys hassle-free plumbing!
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Author: Robert Bohannon
Robert is a licensed plumber with over 40+ years experience in both residential and commercial plumbing projects. Robert is a proud veteran and has enjoyed over 20 years of serving our communities of Thomasville and High Point, NC – all from the same location!