When cooking oil and grease is poured down a drain then it is important to fix the issue before major problems develop. From large Blocked Drain concerns to potentially ruining the local area’s wastewater and sewage system. It is important to dispose of cooking oil and grease properly, such as through a local recycling plant, rather than pouring it down the drain. Here at Optimised Plumbing Services, our team will resolve any cooking oil or grease drain issues for Sydney locals.
To fix cooking oil or grease drain issues:
- Pour boiling water down the drain
- Pour a mixture of half a cup of baking soda and vinegar into the drain
- Wait ten minutes for the mixture to work then follow it by pouring hot water
- If cooking oil and grease are still present then use a plumber’s snake tool
What to do if Cooking Oil or Grease is Poured Down the Drain?Using natural drain cleaners is the best way to clear cooking oil and grease blockages in sinks. The main steps to follow when cooking oil or grease is poured into the drain and utilising natural cleaners are:
- Pour boiling water into the drain to warm up the frozen cooking oil and grease
- After the hot water was poured into the drain pour half a cup of white vinegar and then half a cup of baking soda into the drain
- Allow the mixture to fizzle for ten minutes in the drain and dissolve the fatty acids
- Finish by running hot water down the drain and the oil and grease should be cleared
Alternative MethodIf using natural cleaners was not successful then utilising an auger or plumber’s snake can help. This tool can be purchased from the local hardware store and is used to cut through clogs inside drains. Through the drain opening, the tool is inserted, fed through and will break through the frozen oil and grease. If needing help then an Emergency Plumber should be contacted as they will most likely be able to resolve the blockage quickly and more accurately.
What to Avoid DoingWhen it comes to cooking oil and grease blockages there are a few steps to not follow:
- Do not use a chemical drain cleaner or detergent as these will not be as effective as the natural method and can damage the drains
- Only pouring hot water into the drain without using vinegar and baking soda will be ineffective as it will melt the oils and grease but not remove it completely which will only lead to them freezing back up