Keep Grease out of the Drain: An Overlooked Maintenance Tip

In many households, a busy day begins with a hearty breakfast. Eggs, toast, orange juice, cereal, bacon, and sausage break the fast after a long night’s slumber. The latter two breakfast staples also create considerable amounts of grease as they are fried up in the pan. What home owners do with that grease after the fact has a huge impact on the health of their plumbing systems. A simple but very important plumbing maintenance tip is that grease, oils, and fats should be disposed of in the trash. They should never be rinsed down the drain. If you’re still skeptical about the damage that grease can do your pipes, Rooter-Man Plumbers can enlighten you with photos and horror stories. Just ask us!

Don’t Become a Cautionary Tale

Yes, we are in the business of providing plumbing repair. But we would much rather help our customers prevent messy and inconvenient problems with proper maintenance so they won’t need to call us for repairs. Fats, oils, and greases that are rinsed down the drain do not always flow freely to the sewer or septic system. Often, they collect in sensitive pipes, harden up, and form an impenetrable mass.

Unfortunately, when many home owners develop a clog due to grease build up, they dump a bottle of over-the-counter drain cleaner down their sink. This can cause even more damage. Unable to penetrate the grease, the harsh chemicals can begin to erode delicate pipes. A bit of preventive maintenance (discarding fats, oils, and greases in the trash can rather than rinsing them down the drain) can save home owners lots of money, mess, and inconvenience.

Accidents Happen

Despite our best efforts, we all make mistakes from time to time. If you find yourself with a clog because you mistakenly dumped grease down the drain, call Rooter-Man Plumbers at 218-351-4422. We’ll fix your clog and promise not to say, “We told you so!”

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