Hopefully, you already know to not pour grease down the drain. However, during the holidays, you may have friends and family over at your home who do not know about the dangers of this practice. If your Auntie or Grandmama accidentally poured grease down the drain, take action to prevent the grease from turning into a drain clog.
Don’t Run Hot Water
Your first inclination may be to run hot water to keep the grease melted. However, this method only pushes the grease further down the drain where it can still cool and clog, causing major issues for your plumbing and for others.
For instance, if a grease clog reaches the sanitary sewer system, it can cause backups of raw sewage into city areas or even into your home. Sewage backup into your home indicates that you have a severe clog in your home’s waste line that needs repairs at once.
Also, do not pour chemical drain cleaner after the grease. Nor should you pour boiling water down the drain. Both of these could harm your plumbing or injure someone who comes to fix your drain.
Try Baking Soda and Vinegar
One solution to try is baking soda and vinegar to attempt to break down the grease before it causes a clog. Use half a cup each of baking soda and vinegar. These can neutralize small amounts of grease or oil and clean minor issues in drain lines while freshening them. However, if this solution does not work or you find your drain is slow after grease does down it, you need to bring in professionals.
Call a Plumber If the Drain Clogs
Call a plumber for drain cleaning if you experience problems after grease goes down your drain. In the future, separate your cooking grease and dispose of it properly according to your local municipal waste disposal requirements.
Contact Us at Best Service Plumber If You Need Help to Clear a Drain Clog in Your Home
If your attempt to prevent a clog with baking soda and vinegar does not work or if the drain still flows slowly, contact us at Best Service Plumber. Most drain clogs are not plumbing emergencies, but we also offer 24/7 emergency service for more severe plumbing issues. Trust us to correct your drain clogs and other plumbing woes.