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Why You Should Never Pour Grease Down the Drain

It is so easy to pour hot and oily grease down the drain when cleaning up the kitchen. Once it’s gone, we feel like there’s nothing to worry about – not giving our actions a second thought. However, our drains take on a lot as we pour anything and everything down into the pipes. Choosing the “simple solution” in the moment to get rid of the grease can (and will) backfire, hurting our drains and causing extreme damage in the long run. Read on to learn why you should never pour grease down the drain and what to do if you already have.

Drain Danger

It may seem like grease flows right down the drain and everything is all cleaned up! However, once the grease cools, it solidifies, which is very bad news for your pipes. The solidified grease can become a block for other stuff coming down the drain. Over time, this blockage can accumulate and slow the draining of water from your sink, causing the pipes to clog. Even worse, this can cause sewer backups, contamination of your sewer system, and flooding – all problems that are expensive to clean and repair.

Sewer System Damage

If you get lucky and the grease doesn’t solidify in your pipes, it will instead flow into the sewers which is actually worse in the big picture. The sewers have to endure oil and grease from all the homes, restaurants, and businesses in the area. Eventually, the grease and fatty substances combine, which can cause fatbergs. Fatbergs are made up of non-biodegradable solids and waste.  These are very damaging to a sewer system and can affect the whole city’s system, causing detrimental damage.

Already Poured Grease Down the Drain?

There are a few actions you can take to minimize the damage that may have been done:

  • Pour boiling water down the drain. At the same time, run the tap water as hot as possible and shoot dish soap down the drain. The grease should re-liquefy and hopefully flow through your pipes.
  • This may not get rid of the grease completely, and you may need to call a plumber to solve the issue.
  • Next time, let the grease cool and harden. Scrape it from the pan/pot and into a compost bin.

Remembering these tips for the health of your drain and keeping your sewer system healthy can save you future troubles. If you’re worried about the current health of your pipes or sewer, contact Best Plumbing for an inspection. Our 24/7 emergency plumbers are available and ready to help!


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Signs You Need to Call a Plumbing Professional

Sometimes plumbing issues can be handled yourself. Other times you need to call in the professionals. Here are 6 signs you may need to call a plumbing professional.

1.   You Smell Sewage

If you smell sewage in your home, or in your yard, there could be a drainage issue, or a clog in your line. Don’t ignore the smell as it could lead to major issues if a blockage is not dealt with by a plumbing professional.

2.   Water Gurgles Up

If one drain starts to gurgle while another is in use, or a drain gurgles while you’re using it, there is an issue with your plumbing. Gurgling means that something is stopping water and air from flowing in your plumbing, or a vent pipe is clogged. Either way, skip any at-home remedies, and call a plumber.

3.   Faucet Won’t Stop Dripping

A steady drip from a faucet can cost you greatly over time and can mean you have a crack in a pipe, or that a plumbing element was not installed correctly. Contacting a professional is the safest, and potentially most cost effective, way to deal with a constant drip.

4.   No Water Pressure

If you experience low water pressure in one faucet, there is likely sediment build up in the faucet head which can be an easy fix. However, if there is low water pressure throughout your whole home, there could be a larger underlying problem with your plumbing. Pipe damage or breakage can cause large leaks in your homes plumbing, leading to low water pressure.  Call a plumbing professional immediately if your whole home is experiencing low water pressure.

5.   Slow to Drain Sink

A slow sink drain may not seem like a big deal, especially if you pour a store-bought solvent down the drain and ‘fix’ the problem. But in most cases, you’re treating a symptom, not the cause. Contacting a plumber to get to the root of the drainage issue, whether it’s grease build up or a hair clog, can resolve the issue for good, and prolong the life of your plumbing.

6.  The Problem Keeps Coming Back

If a plumbing issue keeps coming back, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Continuing to try at-home fixes for repeating issues will only prolong the plumbing problem, and could even worsen it.

Paying attention to issues with your plumbing can save you in the long run. Don’t try to fix them yourself, or delay getting help. Contact Best Plumbing for a professional assessment of your plumbing issues. Our licensed plumbers are here and ready to help.

Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.


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Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthy Sewer

Although it’s not the most glamorous aspect of your home, maintaining your sewer is an important part of your overall home health. Follow these simple Do’s and Don’ts in your daily life to keep your sewer as healthy as possible, and prevent sewer line issues.

Do:

Use Drain Strainers for Kitchen, Bathroom, and Shower Drains

Using drain strainers helps to prevent large food scraps, foreign objects, hair, and other materials from clogging your pipes. Preventing excess waste to enter your pipes not only helps with drainage, but also helps the health of your sewer lines.

Run Water While Using the Garbage Disposal

Running water while using the garbage disposal helps to prevent your disposal from jamming. A jammed disposal can lead to clogged pipes and/or sewer line due to food scraps not being broken down enough.

Call a Professional Plumber to Fix and Inspect Your Sewer Line

If you sense an issue with your plumbing, or don’t know the last time it was inspected, call a professional. Trying to find a DIY solution can further worsen a problem, or even harm your sewer system. Calling a plumbing professional for an inspection is the safest option for a sewer line complication, or question.

Don’t:

Flush Anything Besides Toilet Paper

To prevent pipe blockage, do not flush any materials aside from toilet paper and waste. Although many wipes are labeled as ‘flushable’ they can still clog and damage your pipes and sewer line.

Pour Grease or Oils Down the drain

Fats, grease, and oils can coat the inside of your pipes and harden as they dry. To avoid clogging your drains, and sewer line, pour grease and oil into a container, not your sink, after cooking and wipe excess grease off with a paper towel before washing your dishes.   

Pour Chemicals Down the Drain

Common household chemicals and cleaning products can kill off the essential bacteria needed in sewer systems, as well as eat away at your home’s pipes. To properly dispose of chemicals, follow the packaging instructions, or your county’s disposal guidelines.

Remembering these tips for keeping your sewer line healthy and happy can save you future headaches. If you’re unsure about the current health of your sewer line, contact Best Plumbing for an inspection. Our 24/7 emergency plumbers are available, and ready to help!

Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.


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