How To Truly Protect Plumbing From Grease

Most people know not to pour grease down the sink, but you should know more about grease and your plumbing if you are going to have the best shot possible of not allowing any grease to cause future issues with your plumbing. Here are tips on the different things you should do to fully protect your entire plumbing system from grease.

Keep a labeled grease can in plain sight

If different people in your household share in the cooking, then one of the best things you can do to prevent grease from ending up in the plumbing system is to keep a clearly labeled grease can in plain sight. You can use a tin coffee can and write "Grease" on the outside of it with a thick and black permanent marker. Grease can be poured into it and the plastic lid can then be put back on it afterward. Oftentimes, seeing this type of can right there can prevent people from accidentally pouring grease in the sink before they realize what they have just done.

Don't use the garbage disposal

You may want to keep the garbage disposal unplugged. You can plug it in if you do end up needing to use it once in a while. However, if you allow the garbage disposal to be used regularly, then it can be too easy for everyone to put their food bits down it and many times the things that go down it can have grease in them. For example, someone may decide to scrape the small bits of bacon down the disposal instead of throwing them in the trash and bacon has grease in it. This type of behavior will still cause grease to collect in the pipes.

Be careful of soups

One way that grease often ends up down the pipes that a lot of people are completely unaware of is due to soup broths being put down the sinks when rinsing soup bowls. Since soup doesn't contain thick grease or large bits of fats, many people completely forget that some types of soup can still have some grease in it. While it may not be enough to do any damage right away, if your family eats a lot of soup and is constantly putting the broth down the drain, then the grease can eventually build up in the pipes and cause problems at some point in the future.

For more information, contact a plumbing service in your area.

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