At SERVPRO of Johnston County we see all sorts of water damage caused by all kinds of plumbing disasters. Whether the damage is caused by mechanical failure, human error, storms or accidents we are equipped to deal with them all. However, some are preventable.
Today we are focusing on a preventable disaster that starts in the kitchen. Greasy clogged pipes. YUCK! Never pour any type of fat or grease such as butter, cooking oil, ice cream, gravy, or bacon fat into your pipes or toilets. Not only to save our local sewage pipes and water treatment plants but to save you big bucks on repair costs to your home. Nobody wants raw sewage to back up into your house or yard and cost you big money for the cleanups and plumbing repairs!
Let's all do our part to avoid this! Here are a few tips:
*Do NOT pour grease down the sink or toilet!
*Do NOT use hot water to rinse fat, oil, or grease off pots/pans/plates! Even degreasing soap & hot water cannot eliminate fats, oils or grease. Sure it melts into an easy to remove liquid, but then, it re-forms in the pipes as a hard gunky mess. Over time this can build up and completely clog your pipes.
Instead Do this!
- Scrape ALL food scraps in the trash or catch them with a sink strainer.
- Wipe greasy dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing.
- Pour hot fat, oil, or grease into a can or container. Allow to cool or harden then toss it in the regular trash.
If your drains are running slowly and you think there may be a greasy clog it's best to call in a professional to remove the clog before damages occur. If you need help finding a trusted professional give us a call.