Protect Your Pipes from Thanksgiving’s Unavoidable Butter & Grease
Thanksgiving . . . the Butter Holiday!
It is everywhere: stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy owe their existence to butter and fat. Visiting with out-of-town relatives and indulging in unique foods is great fun, but often our poor kitchen pipes suffer considerable damage from the hasty clean-up we perform in order to move onto bigger and better things (early bird pre-Black Friday shopping!). Before moving to the rest of the weekend, use these tips to protect your plumbing from the holiday grease.
- Never pour grease (or any kind of cooking oil for that matter), directly down your kitchen drain. The grease can eventually turn into a solid form, clogging up your poor drains. Therefore, use a paper towel to wipe the grease directly off of your cooking utensils/pots/pans, etc., and then throw the paper towels in the trash.
- When using your garbage disposal, keep in mind that it merely breaks up food into smaller particles, enabling it to travel further down the drain. It is NOT a magical place where food simply disappears. In fact, the fat and grease from the broken down food can STILL clog up your pipes. Therefore, when cleaning up those post-dinner plates, it is best to dispose of those large chunks of leftover greasy food directly into the trash.
- Remember to run cold tap water through your kitchen drain for about 10 seconds before and after you turn on your garbage disposal. The cold water aids in flushing any excess greasy food particles through to the main sewer line.
- Did you know that you can recycle that excess grease? Simply pour the grease into a container, and after it cools, you can re-use it as cooking oil. (Bear in mind, though, that if the oil had a large quantity of food mixed in with it, or is dark in appearance from cooking, it may be best to just throw it out).
- For San Diego families who are especially environmentally conscious, you can actually recycle your large quantities of used cooking grease (in liquid form, not solid oil), by turning it into the Miramar Landfill Recycling Center (located at 5165 Convoy St.). You can even get a cooking oil recycling bin in advance, which holds up to 30 gallons of cooking oil/grease. There is no charge, and the hours of operation are M-F, 7:00-4:30, and weekends from 7:30-4:30.
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air will Unclog Those Post–Holiday Greasy, Backed-Up Drains
Even if you have followed these tips, it is inevitable that some will still find its way into your drain pipe and wreak havoc. Do not despair, though. Just call Perry Plumbing Heating & Air, and our experienced technicians will come out and unclog those pipes for you. With our 38 years of experience as plumbers for commercial and residential clients here in San Diego, Perry Plumbing Heating & Air will always work hard to deliver long-lasting pipe and HVAC solutions for you. Call us at 619-472-2112, or schedule service here.