How to Deal with Grease Blocking Your Drain in Sydney?
September 13, 2021

It might be aggravating to deal with a blocked grease drain. Grease is one of the most noxious drain problems, as well as one of the most difficult to resolve. Because your kitchen sink is used every day, the chances of it being blocked are very significant, especially given what is drained down the pipes. Grease builds up inside drain pipes, obstructing water movement and causing an overflow from the damaged plumbing fixture. If this happens, everything can quickly become unpleasant, untidy, and unsanitary.

Cooking oil or grease is often thick in consistency and can congeal into fatty deposits after cooling. Warm liquid inside the pipe cools and loses its warmth. Although the water will flow, the oil and fat will solidify when exposed to cold air. The accumulation of oil and fats inside your pipelines will form a barrier and gradually coat them. As you flush more of these down the drain, they build up to form a larger grease buildup, which finally causes your sink to clog. Grease can totally block water passage over time, resulting in unexpected overflows.

Meats, food scraps, dairy products, butter, coffee grinds, rice, eggshells, and even soaps and detergents can all cause grease to build up inside drain pipes. Basically, everything that comes from food or is utilized in the kitchen could be the source of a blocked grease pipe. You may not notice the presence of grease in the drain pipe until it overflows, even if you are a very vigilant person.

The key to avoiding a grease blocked drain in Sydney and all the problems that come with it is prevention.

Here are some helpful tips for avoiding a greasy sink:

  • Pouring fats, oils, grease, and grits down the sink is not a good idea. Before washing, wipe off any particles from pots, pans, and dishes. These scraped elements must be discarded in the trash.
  • If you need to clean greasy kitchen utensils or plates, soak them first in a grease-dissolving solvent.
  • To avoid a blocked drain, install a garbage disposal under the sink. A grease trap can also be installed. Grease traps or garbage disposals are specifically designed to filter fats and greasy things from water. It is placed beneath the sink to prevent clog-causing debris from entering the pipe. Grease traps, when correctly placed and maintained, can easily capture large volumes of greasy material. It’s important to remember that grease traps aren’t designed to handle solid things like food leftovers. Use sink strainers to ensure that the traps do not capture solid things.
  • When it comes to cleaning a grease-blocked drain, commercial chemical-based cleaners are excellent, but a DIY cleaner can be just as effective. A 1:1 mixture of hot water and vinegar is the most common DIY cleaning. This mixture works similarly to a caustic cleaner, but vinegar and water are both non-toxic and non-corrosive. Adding boiling hot water to a grease-blocked drain will raise the temperature inside the drain and aid to dissolve the clog. Vinegar dissolves any grease that has adhered to the pipe walls. After a few minutes, finish by pouring more boiling hot water into the sink to flush out any leftover grease. 

If you follow these tips but still have frequent blocked drains in Sydney, you may have a significant problem that requires immediate attention.

When you can’t do it yourself, we have a team of certified plumbers who can clear your grease-blocked drain or fix any other drainage problem. Call Sewer Surgeon if you have an emergency with your plumbing. Our crew is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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