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The Danger of Dumping Grease Down the Sink

The Danger of Dumping Grease Down the Sink

You’ve probably heard the old bit of advice to never pour bacon grease down the drain (if you haven’t, now is the time). This isn’t just about saving bacon fat for later use, but it’s about protecting your drains. And while bacon grease is one of the worst offenders, you should never put any fat or grease down your drains at all, at any time, no matter how convenient it is. Here’s why it’s important always to pour or wipe grease straight into the trash. Grease Doesn’t Dissolve We know it looks like grease dissolves. Grease is naturally very reactive to heat, and when heated up it starts to resemble a liquid. It can become very tempting just to pour that liquid down the drain, or heat up your faucet water so that it brushes extra grease away in seconds. But you aren’t changing the nature of the grease! As it cools down in your pipes, it will congeal back into a thick mass and linger there. Water will wash some of it away, but grease is excellent at clinging to pipes and sticking around. Grease Mixes Easily with Other Debris It’s bad enough that grease sticks in your pipes, but it would take a whole lot of grease to actually form a clog. The problem is that grease isn’t alone. It’s very good at mixing with other debris in your pipes, forcing them to stick around too and form clogs. It can also get even worse. Over time, various greases and oils can mix and interact with trace amounts of calcium in water or pipes. This creates some...
5 Things You Shouldn’t Place Down Your Disposal

5 Things You Shouldn’t Place Down Your Disposal

You may already know that there are some things you should never flush down your drains or put in your garbage disposal. The wrong materials can cause damage and long-lasting problems that may need professional work. That’s why it’s always good to have a reminder about what things you should never, ever put down a garbage disposal, no matter how easy it may be to handle trash this way. Check out these materials to learn why they don’t mix with disposals. Any Type of Grease or Oil Grease may be easy to pour down the disposal when it’s heated up, but grease doesn’t stay hot forever. Instead, it cools down in your disposal and forms a fatty mass. Over time, this fat can build up and cause major obstructions that are difficult to remove, dull the disposal equipment, and cause big problems. Grease is one of the worst things you can put down any drain and can build up over long periods of time. Always take the time to wipe the grease off and throw it in the trash. Seeds and Pits Generally, any type of seed or pit doesn’t do well in a garbage disposal. Instead of being crushed and going away, they tend to linger, jamming mechanisms and causing clogs. Never put any of these hard leftovers down the disposal. Garbage disposal crushing components aren’t designed to deal well with them, and it’s easy┬áto toss them in the trash instead. Fibrous or Starchy Foods What do we mean by fibrous and starchy? Let’s break down these two important categories. First, fibrous foods are any stringy, durable foodstuffs,...