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Beat Oil and Grease Buildup With Professional Drain Maintenance
Drains and garbage disposals are the catch-all for cooking liquids: grease, fat and cooking oils. What most do not know is that this can cause severe damage to drains and pipes. Without proper disposal of these food products, they can cause issues with drainage and plumbing like clogging. Professional drain maintenance is key for repairing this damage or replacing pipes and drains that need it.
Cooking oil/food damage
Cooking oils (peanut, vegetable, canola olive, etc.) and oily foods, such as dips, sauces, mayonnaise and sour cream, all cause damage to your drains. Grease, fat,and oil stick to the pipes and congeal. This leads to clogging and backups because even hot water will not break it down. It also leads to damage through excessive use of harsh chemical drain solutions that can corrode pipes. To prevent this damage, dispose of fatty food products properly, and make sure a professional is conducting all plumbing repairs so everything runs properly.
Proper disposal of damaging food products
Grease, fat and cooking oil should not be put down the sink. Instead, these food products should be scraped off the plate or pan before they go near the sink. With grease in a pan, like when cooking bacon, wait for it to cool, then pour it into a can or a jar with a lid for proper disposal into the trash when it is full. If there is something fatty like ground beef, wait for the fat to congeal and harden, then scrape it into the trash. Oils can be scraped into the trash or a can/jar for disposal.
Proper treatment of drains
Drains are not meant to dispose of grease, fat and oil, which will cling to pipes and cause clogs. Be sure you use a strainer on top of your kitchen sink drain to catch anything that might be harmful to your garbage disposal. You can also maintain drains by purchasing enzyme solutions that help break up any old materials in your pipes that can cause clogs. Or, pour some boiling water down the garbage disposal occasionally, and this can also help break up materials. The most important way to ensure that nothing is clogged and everything is running smoothly is to seek professional drain maintenance when there is a problem.
Maintain your drain
Cooking oil, grease and fat taste great to us, but not to drains. When regularly poured down the sink, these materials cling to pipes and drains and cause backups and clogs. Over time, this can cause severe damage and result in continuous plumbing problems and costly repair. Take preventative measures: The best way to avoid these problems is to ensure professional drain maintenance (call a plumber when there is a problem) and to do your part in the home by disposing of these food items properly in a jar, can or trash.
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