Sewer backups can damage your belongings and result in unhealthy living conditions in your home. If you have experienced a sewer backup in your house or business, it becomes necessary to conduct proper sewer damage cleanup and make your home livable again.
But what causes sewer backups? One of the main culprits is grease. How you can prevent a buildup of grease.
Controlling Grease – A Viable Option for Preventing Sewer Backups
Grease normally finds its way into the sewer through improperly maintained grease traps and by way of household drains.
Where does grease originate from?
Grease is one of the byproducts produced during cooking. It comes from cooking oil, meat fats, food scraps, dairy products, lard, margarine or butter, sauces, and baking goods.
Grease and Sewer Backups
Often we wash grease off dishes into the kitchen sink. From there, however, it moves into our plumbing system. Gradually, grease starts sticking to the inner surface of the sewer pipes, and over a period of time, it builds up substantially and will eventually block the pipe.
Using commercial detergents that claim to be capable of dissolving grease will only make the grease pass further down the line, which only results in blockages in other areas of the pipes.
Reduce the Chance of a Sewer Backup by Controlling Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)
How to prevent a sewer pipe blockage caused by grease?
You can take the following steps to help avoid sewer backups and unnecessary expenditure on water damage cleanup:
- Avoid pouring grease into toilets or down sink drains
- Do not put grease down your home’s garbage disposal system
- Keep strainers or baskets inside sink drains to catch different types of food scraps
- Properly dispose of oil, grease, and fat by letting it cool and then pouring it into any non-recyclable container (such as a milk or juice bottle or a sour cream or cottage cheese container)
- Wipe any solidified grease from your utensils and pans and dispose of it into the trash can
Avoid flushing sanitary napkins, paper towels, disposable diapers, pool chemicals, wax, used motor oil, paints, and tampons directly into the toilet – they may block the drains and cause damage to your home’s plumbing system
Purchase products from Municipal Sales that can be fed into a grease trap or manually applied through a sink drain to break down grease.