Should I Throw Oil Down the Kitchen Drain?

drainEveryone loves oil. It helps to fry foods and give it a crunch, it enhances flavor and can promote good heart health. But when we are done using it, what is the best thing to do with it? Perhaps throw it down the drain? No. That is a terrible idea!

In this article, we will discuss what can happen when oil is thrown down the drain and how to dispose of oil properly.

What happens when oil is poured down the drain?

Pouring grease down drains can clog pipes within homes. This can be cleared with drain cleaners; however, the bigger issue lies within the sewer system.

When oil or grease is poured down the drain, the oil travels to the sewers where it combines with other wastewater. When it merges with oils and grease from other homes, the fat in the oil gets broken down into fatty acids and glycerol. These then combine with the calcium already present in the sewers and creates a compound which scientists call “soap”. This soap begins to stick to the sides and the ceilings of the sewer whenever sewage levels are high and create what is known as “fatbergs “ which can even grow to the size of school buses. These take weeks to clear up and is extremely labor intensive and costly for the local authorities.
The problem is particularly worse in areas where there are a lot of restaurants and large or old apartment buildings. If the issue is not addressed, the blockages can lead to utility holes and sewer pipes overflowing and even spillage into homes and businesses.

How to properly dispose of oil

The worst possible scenario can be eliminated entirely if oil and grease are disposed of properly. Here are three ways to properly dispose of oil used in households.

Trash it

Throwing oil into the trash can is probably the most convenient method of them all. After cooking, someone only has to wait for the oil to cool. Then, pour the oil into a secure, disposable container that will not leak and toss it into the trash.

Freeze it

Freezing the oil is a great way to dispose of oil without causing a mess or clogging kitchen drains. All someone has to do is wait for the oil to cool and then pour it into a secure container. Place the container into a freezer and when the oil is completely frozen, remove the container and toss it into the trash.

Reuse it

Reusing oil is perfect for small households which use oil a lot and can save a lot of money for both the breadwinners and the sewage company. Simply wait for the oil to cool and then remove any debris or pieces of food from the oil. Strain the oil using a strainer to remove any other unwanted particles. When finished, just pour it back into its original container and store it as before.

Recycle it

Cooking oil can be transformed into biodiesel fuel. Any unwanted oil should be given to that cause. Just put the oil into a secure container and research recycling centers in the area. Drop off the oil and you will be completely free of it.

Now that you know what can happen if you pour oil down the drain and how to properly dispose of it, will you stop? Contact us today if you need to have any oil disposed of and we will be glad to help!

Request an appointment here: or call Prodigy Plumbing Inc at (562) 457-4206 for an appointment in our Cerritos office.

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