How Fats, Oils, and Grease Harm Your Drains

How Fats, Oils, and Grease Harm Your Drains

Plumbers call it FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and it’s one of their biggest pet peeves. These seemingly harmless substances can do major harm to your drains, which comes as a surprise to many of our customers. Here’s why FOG is such a problem for plumbing systems and what you can do to help keep your drains clear and prevent major clogs.

How to Keep Your Plumbing Clear & Prevent Major Clogs

The Problem with FOG

Fats, oils, and grease are all part of a family of liquids that tend to solidify when they cool off. And once this happens in your plumbing system, FOG can cling to the lining of your pipes. Eventually, all that FOG can begin to block the drains, and additional debris may stick to the pipes as well. Drain clogs are a possibility, and there is also a chance that sewage can back up into the home.

How to Prevent Problems

Preventing trouble caused by fats, oils, and grease is not as easy as it may seem. Choosing to pour these substances into a separate trash container is an excellent way to start. But the food waste items that you get rid of in the sink disposal probably also contain many traces of grease and oils.

You can schedule drain cleaning with a professional if you notice your drains clogging, but you can also use this service as a preventative measure. Hydro jetting is the use of a thin powerful hose that blasts water out at all 360 degrees in order to get all of the stuck-on greases out of the drains. If your plumber uses hydro jetting during drain cleaning service, it can clear the drains of any stuck-on grease and debris inside of the pipes. In other words, not only does it take care of a clog. It also blasts away the FOG that can lead to a clog over time.

Contact the friendly plumbers at Allstar Plumbing for drain and sewer services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.


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