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Jun 27, 2024

A report released by the EPA claims that 47% of clogged drains are caused by fat, oil, and grease. While it can be tempting to pour these items down the drain when you’re in a rush to get dinner cleaned up, they are known to cause stubborn blockages.

In this article, Rooter Man Plumbing looks into why fat, oil, and grease are harmful to your plumbing system and how to properly dispose of them. If you’re looking for a professional plumbing service to help you clean your drains, look no further than Rooter Man Plumbing.


According to the EPA, fats are among the leading causes of kitchen plumbing woes. While they may seem harmless when they’re liquid and easily wash down the drain, they’re actually a major culprit behind clogged pipes. As the fat cools within the drain lines, it solidifies, clinging to the insides of the pipes. This buildup can trap other debris and gradually form a blockage.

When it comes to things like butter, cream cheese, meat drippings, salad dressings, and mayonnaise, make sure to properly dispose of them instead of flushing them down the drain. Let leftover cooking fats cool completely in a pot or pan. Once solid, scrape it out and throw it away in a sealed container with your regular trash. You can use old food containers or empty milk cartons for this purpose. This simple habit can save you from expensive bills for clogged drain line repair.


In the post-dinner rush, with dishes piled high, it’s easy to fall into the trap of pouring leftover oil down the drain. This seemingly quick fix can turn into a big headache later. That oil, although liquid in the hot pan, solidifies as it cools within the plumbing system, slowly clinging to the pipes. This buildup can lead to clogged drains, frustrating inconveniences, and even expensive drain cleaning service calls.

An easy way to remedy this is to allow leftover oil to cool in a sealed container and dispose of it in your regular garbage. While some oil will inevitably find its way down the drain as you wash dishes, resist the urge to pour leftover cooking oil directly down the drain. Once a week, flush your kitchen sink drain with a kettle full of hot water. This can help melt away any grease buildup that might be clinging to the pipes. If you need help with cleaning your drains, get in touch with a trusted plumbing repair service like Rooter Man Plumbing.


Grease is a plumber’s worst nightmare. Not only does it solidify in cooler pipes, slowly forming a stubborn blockage that restricts water flow, but it also acts like a magnet for other debris. While many believe hot water can dissolve greasy clogs, that's a common misconception. Hot water might temporarily move some grease, but as the water cools, the grease solidifies again, often making the clog worse in the long run.

Simply let leftover grease cool and solidify in a sealed container, then throw it in the regular trash bin. Save your wallet from expensive clogged drain line repair, and make sure you properly dispose of leftover grease.

Call Rooter Man Plumbing For Professional Drain Cleaning

Should you encounter a clogged drain due to foreign objects, pipe damage, or tree roots, Rooter Man Plumbing is the name you can trust for professional drain cleaning services. Let our knowledgeable and experienced plumbers help you get your sinks, toilets, or tubs back in action.


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