Chefs And Plumbers: Dealing With Oil Gone Down The Drain


Cooking can require mixing and heating many ingredients. While making cooking meals can be enjoyable, cleaning up and disposing of refuse isn't pleasant. Taking shortcuts such as pouring oil down a sink drain expedites post-dinner cleanup, but you may pay the price for cutting corners. Pouring oily grease down the sink is not the right way to dispose of it. You'll likely experience plumbing problems choosing to use the sink. If oil-induced troubles show up in the pipe, call a plumber without any delays. Otherwise, you may find yourself dealing with worse troubles and annoyances.

Oil and Calm Nerves Go Down the Drain

When heated, cooking oil liquefies, making it "perfect" for pouring down the kitchen sink. The perfect plan reveals itself to be an ill-advised one soon after. The oil hardens as it cools. The now solidified oil may cake itself to the side of the drain. Once caked in place, getting rid of the liquid fat may prove nearly impossible. This problem can't be ignored for two reasons: 

Unwanted Odors 

The oil doesn't exactly stay fresh while rotting in the drain. Eventually, the smell will permeate into the kitchen and possibly through the interior. On a hot day, the smell could become even worse. You run the risk of Murphy's law coming into play here. Imagine if you can't get the odor out, and a dinner party or holiday evening with relative guests is in the near future. The evening could prove embarrassing, and you won't make the best impression.  

Unwanted Pests 

All that organic sludge in the drain is called one thing by pests: "food." One day, you may turn on the hot water and see flying insects swarming out of the drain. And they aren't the only creatures the oil might attract. Once pests appear, getting rid of them doesn't come without cost. Calling in an exterminator might be the only solution, and now the prices of getting things straightened out go up.  

Other problems can arise due to oil. So, you shouldn't delay calling a plumber right away.

Maybe The Pipe Has to Go

The plumber could probably clean up any clogs or remove refuse with professional-grade equipment. A better solution, however, may involve replacing a small portion of the drain pipe. Installing a new piece of pipe to replace the original one connected to the drain eliminates any concerns about any sludge remaining. Plus, the new drain piece will last longer than the older segment it replaces. Why not take advantage of the bad situation and do a little upgrading?

Contact a company that does residential plumbing in your area for more information.


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