What’s your favorite food? What kinds of foods does your family like? Are most of the foods you eat and love, rich in fats or prepared with oil? Strange questions for a plumbing blog, right? Actually, they’re not that strange at all. Many of the foods you love contain oil and grease, which can cause major problems for the drain pipe under your kitchen sink and more. You don’t want that to happen.


Some major oil and grease contributors many include:

  • Cooking and frying oil.
  • Butter.
  • Mayonnaise and salad dressings.
  • Oils and grease from meat.


Believe it or not, even scrubbing an oily pot or pan with dishwashing liquid won’t cut the grease – it will only break it up into smaller bits that easily re-bond. Then, that grease settles into any part o the drain pipe. This can even lead to sewage backups in your home or in other parts of the system.


Learn about some proper methods of disposing of grease and oils.

  • It’s a misconception that if you pour it down the drain with some hot water, all will be well. Instead, try thickening it with another material so that it will be easier to throw into the garbage.


  • If you have way too much oil to thicken with another material, you can pour it an old container, jar or bottle, seal it and then dispose of it.


  • You can separate the grease that’s mixed in with the water from a food such as meat (e.g. When you are boiling sausages), by placing a paper towel over the drain to filter the grease out as you pour the water out. You can throw the greasy paper towel afterwards.


  • Don’t rinse oily pots and pans in the sink, right after they’ve been used. Wipe them down with paper towels first.


Following these simple tips will save you, the time, money and energy of having to pay for repairing drain blockages and backups in the future. Contact the professionals if you have plumbing problems like these and more. We’ve got experienced and affordable plumbers in Ottawa. With just one call, we can help you solve your plumbing needs and offer you emergency plumbing services!