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One of the most common clogs found in many kitchen sink drains is grease build up, and it makes sense too. A lot of people have the misunderstanding that food particles or debris causes clogs and blockages inside a kitchen drain, but that isn't the case. If you think about the amount of grease and oil used to cook our food over a period of a year, you get a good idea of how much grease and oil can congeal inside of your drain pipe. Even if you use boiling water to wash away the excess oil in the pan or sink after cooking, grease will still harden and turn into a solid clog inside your pipes. This gets especially clogged up when food particles and other objects get lodged inside the grease before it hardens.

So, there are two things that we need to consider when it comes to unclogging a grease filled drain - how to unblock it and how to prevent it from clogging again. We're going to look into both of those points in this article:

Prevention is better than a Cure

To start with, it is important to understand why disposing of your grease and oil in a sink is a terrible idea. Not only does it create plumbing headaches for you, the homeowner, but it is terrible for the environment. The cooking grease that you are pouring down the drain needs to go somewhere, and it flows into the sewers below. The grease that doesn't clog your pipes then becomes hardened deposits of soap like chemicals, which isn't as good as you think it is. These chunks of hardened grease and oil deposits cause health hazards and environmental threats because they cause sewers to overflow.

What can you do differently to avoid this from happening? There are a few changes you can do on how you dispose of your cooking grease, but this is the simplest, fuss free way that we've found:

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Store the cooking grease in a sealable container and allow it to harden. Then simply throw it in the trash.

Unclogging your Kitchen Sink

Now that you have reasons why you shouldn't pour your cooking grease down the drain, let's see how to rectify a grease clogged sink. You can typically tell if your sink has a grease blockage when the water doesn't drain anymore, or drains very slowly. Instead of reaching for chemical drain cleaners, why not try your hand at this simple, three-step method.

Step One

Have a bucket on hand and place it under the trap and loosen the nuts in front of and behind the trap. Sometimes these nuts have only been hand tightened, so you shouldn't need to use much force, but just in case, have a large set of pliers on hand. Don't use too much force with the PVC piping or you could end up cracking the pipe.

Step Two

Once you have loosened the nuts, remove the trap carefully while staying over the bucket. You are going to clean out the trap with hot water and a good degreasing dishwashing detergent with a bottle brush or an old rag - but you need to use a different sink for this step. The grease clog is going to smell awful, so make sure you do this outside. The trap usually connects to another section of piping called the trap arm. You'll see this going from the trap toward the wall - remove this section carefully as well and check if it needs a good cleaning while you're at it.

Step Three

The last step is quite simply a case of reassembling the plumbing and checking that the threads are clean on either side of your piping. The nuts holding the pipes in place need to be tightened securely to prevent any leaks, so make sure that there is no debris in the way.

So there you have it. I hope this post helps those who are looking for a grease clogged drain fix in Fort Lauderdale FL. Also check out this article from Dummies.com to learn more about how to prevent drain clogs. Should you need to hire a plumbing expert, visitwww.Florida.Plumbers911.com, or call Plumbers 911 Florida at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service.

You may also want to check out this video about Kitchen Appliance Cleaning : How to Use Baking Soda as a Drain Cleaner.

Posted in Home_Improvement Post Date 12/10/2018


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