Bacon grease disposal is not nearly as popular as the iconic breakfast food. Many, yes, many, people dispose of their bacon grease by simply rinsing it down the drain. Some people rinsing it know they shouldn’t but what we have found is that a majority of people are unaware of what simply rinsing bacon grease down the sink does to your plumbing, city sewers or the environment. Let us take you on a little sewer trip to show you why bacon grease should never get rinsed down the drain.
A Bacon Grease Filled Sewer Adventure
That sweet aroma of bacon filling the house as you sit down to a nice breakfast. You enjoy your meal and then the time for cleanup arrives. While the bacon itself was delicious, you now stare down at a pan of liquid grease that sloshes around a bit as you move it from the stove top to the sink. As you reach the sink you simply switch on the warm water, toss some soap in the pan and send the bacon grease on down the drain and don’t give it a second thought.
In your drain pipe the bacon grease is congealing (hardening) as it mixes with the cooler water and clings to the inside of your plumbing. It is collecting the other bits of food that you also send down the sink. In time, you will notice a foul odor coming from the sink because the congealed grease continues to collect more and more food particles.
While a majority of the grease will stick to your plumbing, some of it will make its way into your local sewer system where it will combine with other households cooking grease, oil and fats. Imagine that your entire neighborhood sends pans of bacon grease down the sink, that adds up to a lot of grease. This grease meets in the sewers system and begin to form large pipe clogging culprits, commonly referred to as ‘fatbergs’. These masses are hard as concrete and grow rapidly in city sewers. To date, the largest fatberg uncovered was in London in 2017 and it weighed in at 130 tons and 250 meters long.
Once a fatberg has blocked a section of a sewer line, wastewater then gets pushed upward and flows out of drains and manholes into local neighborhoods, homes and the environment.
When sewers overflow into the environment and waterways, the damage caused is not quickly repaired. Contaminants in the environment can look and smell pretty bad, but their impact goes beyond just aesthetics. Some pollutants resist breakdown and accumulate in the food chain. These pollutants can be consumed or absorbed by fish and wildlife, which in turn may be eaten by us. (NOAA)
Back in your own home, your pipe eventually is so clogged that water can no longer pass through it and everything you try to rinse down the sink or flush down the toilet, comes back inside. This has the potential to cause major, and expensive, damage that is not always covered by insurance.
So the next time you make that pan of bacon, make sure you properly dispose of the grease (hint: Grease Hero) instead of rinsing it down the sink.
Skip the Bacon Grease Clog and Grab a Grease Hero Drain Guard
The Grease Hero drain guard is designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen drain or on your countertop. You can quickly and easily pour the used cooking fats, oils or grease into it, and then promptly dispose of the entire drain guard, instead of rinsing these harmful contaminants down the kitchen sink. Our Grease Hero drain guard is made with recyclable materials to absorb the fats, oils and grease and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. Watch one in action on our YouTube channel.
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