Have you ever wondered if it’s okay to pour oil down the drain? The answer is no. Pouring oil down the drain can cause serious plumbing problems and should be avoided. Let’s explore the proper way to dispose of oil to prevent damage to your pipes and avoid potential hazards.

First, it’s important to know that hot oil and cold oil should be handled differently. Always allow oil to cool before disposing of it. Pouring hot oil down the drain is dangerous because it can mix with water, causing bursts of hot oil and steam. If you get burned, seek immediate medical attention.

Both hot and cold oil can lead to blockages and pipe damage. Hot oil can solidify in the pipes, while cold oil can coat the pipes and trap food particles and hair. Pouring even small amounts of oil down the drain over time can result in expensive blockages.

To properly dispose of oil, wait until it cools down. For small amounts, soak it up with a disposable paper towel and throw it in the bin. For larger amounts, use a disposable container like a plastic bottle or make a container with foil. Pour the cooled oil into the container and dispose of it in the bin.

If you encounter a sink clogged with oil, you can try a DIY method. Pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar into the drain. Let it sit for a few minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain to clear out the grease. This eco-friendly approach can help remove oil build-up without damaging plastic pipes.

If DIY methods don’t work, it’s best to call a professional plumber to clear your drain.