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What To Do If You Pour Oil Down the Drain: Tips To Prevent Clogs

19 August

While doing the dishes, you pour the leftover cooking oil down your kitchen sink before washing the pan. Much like most homeowners, you might consider it the easiest way to dispose of used cooking oil instead of throwing the hot oil in the trash bin. But there’s a better way to consider cooking oil disposal. Have you ever thought about what happens when after pouring cooking oil into your sink and it passes through the drain and the sewer lines?

If not, let us tell you that cooking oil is one of the culprits of clogged sinks and blocked drains.  You read that right, it’s not easy to dissolve fatty acids thus when you pour cooking oil into your kitchen sink or garbage disposal, you get oil clogs and blocked pipes. And fixing a severely clogged sink and clogged drain pipes costs more than the rising oil prices. Besides clogging, the accumulated oil backs up the sewer system and damages the plumbing system costing more than the high crude oil prices and global oil prices now. And when that happens, you’ll have to shell out a lot of cash to replace the pipes and repair the plumbing lines for proper functioning.

To prevent you from making this mistake, we’ve curated this informative guide to walk you through effective ways of disposing of used cooking oil.

What To Do If You Pour Oil Down The Drain: Tips To Prevent Clogs

Pouring Oil From Pan Down Sink

When oil or grease is poured down the drain, they coat the pipes and turn into a sticky blob within minutes. Without a doubt, the sink starts clogging, hampering your day-to-day activities.

Gurgling sounds or foul odours from the sink – are some telltale signs of a clogged or malfunctioning drain. So, if you notice any of them, you’ll have to clear the clog as soon as possible to avoid worsening the situation.

To start with, take about half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the kitchen sink, followed by white vinegar. After that, cover the sink properly for about ten minutes, then pour one kettle of boiling water.

Baking soda and vinegar unclog the drain by turning the fatty acids into soap and glycerin. However, carefully pour the two ingredients, or the process may lead to burns or injuries.

The Right Ways To Dispose Of The Cooking Oil

Now that you know that you should never pour cooking oil down the kitchen sink, you must be wondering how to dispose of it. To save some hassle, we’ve enlisted three effective ways to dispose of oil, grease or fat while washing your utensils.

Disposing Of Oil From Pan In Bottle

1. Throw It Into The Trash Bin In Sealable Containers

The best way to dispose of oil is to empty it into a sealable container and throw it in the trash bin. All you need to do is pour oil into the container and use paper towel to soap up the remaining oil in the pan. Allow the cooking oils to cool for some time, so the cooking oil hardens. Then, fasten the lid when it solidifies. However, ensure you tighten the lid properly to ensure the container doesn’t open.

2. Drop Stored Oil At A Local Recycling Centre

Some cities recycle cooking oil and this gives another way to dispose of cooking oil. Store it in containers and drop it off at a local recycling centre for further use. Even for this, you’ll have to use a sealable container to store the oil so that it doesn’t spill and cause harm to the environment.

For those unfamiliar, recycled oil is often used as an alternative to diesel fuel. Therefore, dumping it at a recycling centre is one of the safest ways of disposing of cooking oil. Not only that, but it is also used in cosmetics, livestock feed, and pet food.

3. Wipe Off The Cookware

If the cooking oil is in small amounts, it won’t be possible to dispense it in a container and dump it at a recycling centre. In such cases, absorbent paper towels will come to your rescue. Before washing the cookware and dishes, wipe the utensil to remove oil from its surface. This way, the leftover oil won’t clog the sink.

Things You Should Avoid Pouring Down The Drain To Prevent Clogging

While oil sits atop the list, there are some other things that you must never pour down the drain, which are as follows:

  • Grease
  • Corrosive products
  • Sludge
  • Vegetable and fruit peels
  • Radioactive waste
  • Chemical waste
  • Solid waste

Vegetable Scraps In Sink

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With that, we’ve reached the end of our guide.

As pouring oil down the drain can lead to clogs, homeowners must always consider alternative ways of disposing of it. Either seal cooking oil in a container and throw it in the trash bin or send it to a recycling centre.

And, since clogged drainage systems can damage the plumbing system and consequently the foundations of your property, make sure you reach out to professionals without delay! For blockages in your kitchen and bathroom drains and toilet; and natural gas emergencies and other plumbing emergencies— get in touch with our Gold Coast expert plumbers! We have the cost-effective solutions you need. Call us now!