After the big feast, you might notice that there is a lot of leftover grease from cooking your bird, rendered fats from other items you fried, and some leftovers nobody wants to pick at anymore. While you may be tempted to throw your unwanted fatty material down the drain, you really should ignore that thought!
Pouring greasy or oily materials down your drains can be a headache to clean! Here are some reasons why you want to avoid a drain mistake.
There is no getting around a clog when it comes to pouring fatty or oily food down your drain. If you splash some hot water, you may think that all those oils will go down your pipes, but you are only making a bigger mess. Oil and water do not like to mix, and while the hot water going down the drain will easily flow through your pipes, the oil will cling to the sides of your pipes. When oils and fats are hot, they are a slick liquid, but they become a hard, congealed mess for your pipes when they cool down.
Winter is rolling around, and the cool air flowing through your home can lower the temperature around your pipes. Any leftover fats clinging to the sides of your pipes will quickly cool and become stuck in your pipes unless you do a deep clean. Clogged pipes lead to a whole host of drainage issues that can cost a pretty penny to fix.
Signs Of Clogged Pipes
Clogged pipes do more than just causing overflow when you run your kitchen sink. If you notice a change in water pressure or even loud noises coming from your pipes, you might have a clog. Clogs can also lead to terrible odors coming from your drains that can stink up your home and linger for long periods of time.
How To Avoid This Mess
For starters, do not pour oil down your drain! If you need to dispose of oil, try pouring the fat into a separate container, like a jar, and make sure to seal it tight. Depending on the fatty material you discarded, you can use your leftovers for compost or toss them in the garbage can or other safe disposal site.
When dealing with a clog, be observant of the signs and call a professional. While your instinct may be to reach for the drain cleaner, there could be other underlying issues you might not be aware of and could only agitate.
At Korrect Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our team has seen it all when it comes to clogs. So give us a call at (937) 837-2333, and we can help clean out that clog and avoid smelly drains that will scare away guests.