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Avoid Clogged Drains This Holiday Season

Dec 17, 2014 | Plumbing Tips

Cooking grease clogs drains

Grease will keep Plumbers busy this Holiday Season

One of the most common issues over the holiday season is clogged drains. Chasles Plumbing would like to remind you to never pour grease down drains. Whether you’re cooking turkey or a roast, there is a significant amount of grease produced when cooking at high temperatures.

For inexperienced homeowners (or dishwashers) it may seem like a fairly innocuous thing to do. Pour piping-hot water into a pan and wash it down the sink drain. It’s what you don’t see past the sink drain that will cause issues. That hot flowing liquid quickly turns into a solid once it reaches colder water and pipes.

The hot flowing grease goes down ok, but not far into the pipe, the grease cools and goes form a liquid to a solid and clogs pipes. If the clog isn’t noticed immediately, it will be noticed in not-too-distant-future.

“The day after Christmas is normally a busy time for us,” says Lee Chasles, owner of Chasles Plumbing Professionals. “While we enjoy helping customers solve their plumbing issues, we’d prefer that everyone consider the impact on their internal plumbing as well as the public sewage system,” added Chasles.

Cooking grease should be allowed time to sit and cool. Once cooled it can be cleaned with a napkin/paper towel and disposed of into the regular garbage.

Another Holiday Tip is for those with garbage disposals. As more food is processed through the kitchen this holiday season, it’s important to ensure that enough water is used to push the semi-solid food materials through the drain.

Combine this material with cooking grease – and it’s a almost a sure call to a plumber. Clogged drains is not a recipe you want to be serving up this Christmas.

Chasles Plumbing Professionals services residential and business customers in the Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo region. We operate 24/7 and provide emergency plumbing services within our community.

If you have questions about plumbing, we’d be happy to help.  You can contact us here.

Have a safe and happy Holiday Season. Please don’t drink and drive.