Bacon Grease — The Ultimate Drain Clogging Culprit

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Bacon grease is the ultimate drain clogging substance that plumbers around the world are all too familiar with. Bacon grease coats the inside of your pipes with alarming ease and once it is there, it’s almost impossible to remove without the help of a professional plumber.

The Wall Street Journal published a piece, “Everyone* Pours Bacon Fat Down the Drain, Everyone Lies About It”, which is startlingly accurate. Bacon grease along with used cooking oil is something that we just don’t want hanging around our kitchen. It has an odor and is not exactly nice to look at, so many people just rinse it down the drain to quickly remove it from their home. This is bad news for your home’s plumbing.

Bacon Grease Quickly Clogs Drains

No matter how tempting it might be, never rinse bacon grease down your kitchen sink drain. Even the smallest amount can cause problems for your home.

Grease Hardens

Grease is a substance that starts as a liquid when it is hot but as soon as it cools down, it turns into a solid and hardens. You rinse it down the sink thinking that it will remain a liquid, however once it meets cold water in your pipe, it quickly cools and congeals to the inside of your pipe. This is how the clog starts to form.

Grease Accumulates

Once the grease is solidified inside of your pipe, food scraps and other items rinsed down the sink get stuck to it and the clog very quickly grows in size and severity. The clog will start to smell, and you will notice an odor coming from the kitchen drain.

The larger the congealed mass of grease in your pipe, the harder (and more expensive) it will be to remove.

Grease Binds Fatbergs in City Sewers

Fatbergs have been making the news at an alarming rate recently because of the stress COVID-19 has put on sewer systems around the world. Toilet paper shortages have meant that wipes and other items that shouldn’t be flushed, are making their way into city sewer systems. These non-biodegradable items are mixing with oil and grease in city sewers to form giant, sewer clogging, fatbergs—which is terrible news for sanitation facilities and the environment.

Stop Grease Clogs Before They Start

The Grease Hero is a convenient and responsible way to dispose of cooking fats, oils and grease after cooking a meal. The Grease Hero is made of recycled materials and quickly absorbs the fats, oils and grease that you pour into it directly from your cooking pan. You then simply dispose of the entire drain guard into your trash. This keeps that harmful cooking oil and grease contaminants out of your plumbing, city sewers and the environment.

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