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How to Clean Grease Out of Sink Drains
How to Clean Grease Out of Sink Drains
How to Clean Grease Out of Sink Drains
January 12,2023

How to Clean Grease Out of Sink Drains

Clogged drains are arguably the most common plumbing issue, and fats, oils, and greases are some of the biggest culprits. The consequences can range from foul odors and slow drainage to wastewater and sewage backups as well as damaged drains! Fortunately, your friends at Americana Plumbing have some tricks up the sleeve. In this brief article, we will go over some ways to clean grease out of sink drains. If you want to hire a uniformed plumber to take care of the drain cleaning, you can call Americana Plumbing. We employ hydro-jetting technology to clear the drains safely and thoroughly.

Preventative Measures to Take

An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, and the best way to prevent grease from clogging your drains is by keeping fats, oils, and greases OUT of the kitchen sink. Pour used fats, oils, and greases in a separate container to throw out later or leave them in the original container until hardened. Then, scrape the hardened content into a separate container or trash.

Still, we understand this may be an extreme tip. Even if you do not pour grease directly into the drain, a grease clog can result from the accumulation of everyday cooking. Over time, little bits of oils and fats will collect and eventually clog the drain.

If you cook heavily, or run a restaurant, then consider installing a grease trap. These devices are installed in the plumbing system and capture the floating fats, oils, and grease in a compartment which can be cleaned out.

Risks of Grease and Clogged Drains

Fats, oils, and greases are liquid when hot, but they harden when cool. Keep this in mind the next time you think of pouring used grease down the kitchen sink. This applies to butter, margarine, meat fats, lard, shortening, vegetable oil, sauces and salad dressings too!

When these substances harden in the drain, they restrict the flow of waste and wastewater through the drain line, meaning you may end up dealing with slow drainage as well as wastewater backups. More severe blockages can even put undue pressure on the drains and cause tears and ruptures.

Cleaning Grease from Drains

There are some things you can do to clean grease from drains, depending on the severity of the blockage. If the clog is extreme, then you might need to call a professional like those from Americana Plumbing. Still, try these first:

  • Pour a pot of hot water down the drain. This may dissolve grease, but make sure the water is NOT boiling.
  • Pour a solution of one part vinegar to one part hot water down the drains. You can also first pour a few tablespoons of baking soda down the drain for an added kick.
  • Combine either of the aforementioned tips with plunging afterward.

Drains Still Clogged?

Is water still not draining properly? Call Americana Plumbing to schedule a professional drain cleaning today. We are also happy to arrange an emergency drain cleaning today. We are ready when you are.

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