The Negative Effects Of Grease On Drains And Septics

Pouring grease down your kitchen drain might seem like a good way to dispose of it, but this really is not a good thing to do, even if you have a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals can come in handy, but they are not able to stop the damaging effects grease can have on drain pipes and septic systems. If you want to protect your pipes and septic system, you should stop pouring grease down your drains. Here are several things to know about the effects grease has on these important parts of your home.

It Congeals

When you are done frying bacon and have a pan full of grease, what happens to that grease if you let it cool off all the way in that pan? The answer is that it turns to a solid, and this occurs from a process known as congealing. Congealing causes grease to turn from a liquid into a solid. If you think of this example with bacon grease, you may understand how pouring grease down a drain can cause damage.

When the grease is liquid and you pour it into your drain, you will assume it will go all the way through your drain pipes and into your septic tank. The problem is that it doesn't happen like this. After you pour it in your drain, it will begin to congeal long before it makes it to your septic. This means that the grease will be inside your pipes, and eventually this can lead to problems.

Why This Causes Problems

Drain pipes are designed to transfer liquids to a septic system. While some solids may float along the path with the liquids, solids are more likely to get trapped inside pipes, especially as pipes take turns. While this will not usually cause an immediate problem, it is likely to cause problems over time, and here are some of the problems this can cause:

  • Clogged pipes – If you have a drain that will not allow water to pass through, it is probably because there is a clog somewhere in the line. If you have poured grease in your pipes, the grease might be the cause of the clog. You will have to hire a company to clean your drains if this happens.
  • Septic clogs – A septic system can handle some solids, but it is not designed to handle certain types of solids, including grease. Grease can end up collecting other types of debris that is put down a drain, and together these items can lead to clogs in the components of a septic system. If you develop a clog in your septic, you may end up with backflow of sewage water coming into your home through your drains. In addition, the ingredients in grease can cause corrosion to concrete, which is the most common material septic tanks are made of.

Best Way To Get Rid Of Grease

Instead of pouring your grease down the drains in your home, you should place it in a sealed container, such as a coffee can. You can store this can in a cabinet in your home or in your refrigerator. When the can is full, you can throw it away in your normal trash.

This is a better way to dispose of grease compared to adding it to a compost pile. While small amounts of grease may not harm a compost pile, large amounts can. Large amounts of grease can attract too many rodents and other animals, and it can slow down the process of breaking down the items added to the pile.

Developing clogs in drain pipes and septic systems can be frustrating and costly, and you can avoid this by using your drains properly. If you are currently dealing with a clog in a drain, contact a plumber from a company like Blount's Speedy Rooter for help. 


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