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What NOT to Do with Cooking Grease & Oil

Posted on October 14th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Far too many household drains get backed up by cooking oil. If you’ve been pouring fats down the kitchen sink, stop! You’ll only end up with a costly and inconvenient plumbing problem.

Unhygienic cooking oil in cooking pan

Why shouldn’t you dispose of grease down the drain? As it cools down, it solidifies — creating a buildup of pipe-clogging fat. (See this 10-ton “fatberg” that took a west London sewer hostage.) Avoid doing the following to prevent cooking oil-related plumbing issues:

  • DON’T drain greasy pots and pans into the sink
  • DON’T rinse oil-covered dishes in the sink
  • DON’T place dirty dishware into the dishwasher

Here’s what you should be doing with these items instead:

  • DO pour cooking oil into a container that can be sealed, and then throw it out once filled
  • DO wipe down pots, pans and dishes with paper towel before rinsing
  • DO think about composting certain oils — like vegetable — which can be nutritious for earthworms

If you do end up with a clogged drain, count on the professionals of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for expert help. From tankless water heaters to kitchen sinks, to garbage disposals and even showers, our trained plumbing staff handles all situations with professionalism and courtesy. Give us a call today:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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