No Grease in the Drain Will Make for Healthier Pipes Posted on July 21st, 2014A major reason many homes require a professional drain cleaning is because of built-up grease in the pipes. At Star Cities Plumbing we can clear the problem. The best plan, however, is to aim for no grease in drain pipes in the first place.Not Just Bacon FatGrease is a byproduct of food preparation. It can be residue from meats, butter, margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. The best way to have no grease in drain pipes is to prevent it from reaching the pipes to begin with. Fats left in a cooking pan may be cooled and transferred into a container for recycling or disposal. Pans can then be wiped of any excess. Running hot water over a pan does not effectively dissolve the grease. The garbage disposal does not prevent damage from fats in the drain, either. Food scraps are best collected in a drain strainer and thrown away.The Health ConnectionWhen grease hardens in the pipes it can eventually cause sewer pipes to clog. This may lead to sewer overflow. Raw sewage can backup into a home or into the landscape. Clogged systems may affect municipal water supplies. In addition to health concerns, there are economic factors to consider as well. Digging up and replacing pipe is expensive.Clogs HappenWhile prevention may be the best strategy, clogs do sometimes occur. Chemical drain cleaning products may dislodge a clog, but they do nothing to actually dissolve grease. They may even damage your pipes. Homemade solutions such as baking soda and vinegar or boiling water may take care of a smaller obstruction, but a serious grease clog may call for professional attention. At Star Cities Plumbing we believe that making sure there’s no grease in drain pipes is the best possible solution to a clog, but we understand that it happens. Contact us online or call (800) 547-1422 when you need a drain problem cleared up.