Grease in Your Sink Leads to Plumbing Disasters
For some harried cooks (especially during the holiday season), the simplest way to get rid of fat from cooking is to pour it down the kitchen drain. Fats, oils and grease rinsed down the plumbing system can congeal and block pipes, causing sewer backups, not only in your home, but into the streets, ditches and gutters that flow into area waterways
Typically, homeowners are responsible for maintaining the portion of the sanitary sewer pipe that runs from their homes to the main sewer lines. Since the homeowner lines are smaller, they clog more easily, so try and keep grease and food scraps out of your sink and toilet drains by following these tips:
– Clean up oil and grease with paper towels and discard them. Or pour off the grease into a container, let it congeal, and discard the container in the trash.
– Store the oil in the original container for reuse. Strain out any particles and freeze. Oil keeps up to six months and can be reused for up to six hours of fry time.
– Mix it with unscented kitty litter, sawdust or sand to solidify the oil. Dispose of it in the trash.
– Scrape food scraps, oil and grease from kitchen utensils and equipment into the trash before washing to help keep grease out of wash water.
– If you accidently pour grease down the drain, avoid using hot water to wash the grease away.
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