When you cook, it's common to have leftover grease in the pan. Whatever you do, do not toss this grease in the sink — unless you want to deal with a major sewer problem in the future. Learn why you should never toss grease down the drain.

Grease Changes

When you cook with grease, the heat from the stove or oven causes it to liquefy. Naturally, it would seem that anything that is in liquid form is also safe to toss down the drain. However, this idea is completely wrong when it comes to grease. 

Grease solidifies once it returns to room temperature. As a result, by the time it reaches the sewer line, it has cooled and thickened. Since the grease is in solid form, it won't flow through the line, but instead build up around its edges and cause a clog.

Signs of a Clog

If you make it a habit of tossing grease down the drain, you will eventually start to see some of the signs that indicate a clog has formed. One common issue you might experience is backed-up drains all over the house. For instance, the bathtub upstairs might be slow to drain, as well as the sink in the basement bathroom. 

When drain issues are prevalent around different areas of the house, it's usually a sign that the problem is in the main sewer line, which is also the area targeted by grease clogs. You could also see water back up into the shower or tub when you flush the toilet in the case of a major clog.

Clog Repair Options

Grease clogs can be a challenge to remove, but it is something that can be done by a company that offers sewer services. While sewer professionals can use a variety of removal options, a couple of common methods include using a drain gun or hydro sewer jetting. Both of these methods use tools to force the solidified grease out of the drain. 

The drain gun method involves using a powerful stream of air as the catalyst, whereas with hydro sewer jetting, a powerful stream of water is the method. To avoid this problem in the future, keep a metal jar that you can pour the hot grease in. Once it solidifies, toss it in a bag and put it out with your trash.

If you are guilty of pouring grease down the drain, now is the time to stop. Simply disposing of the grease a safer way can save you a great deal of time, and most importantly, money by avoiding costly repairs.