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Can vegetable oil clog a drain?

July, 24th, 2013

Well, the simple answer to this question is – YES. Do not believe the commonly held misconception that since oils are liquid, they will not harm your drain pipes. Anything that is fatty or greasy is definitely bad for your drain. Pouring any kind of oil down your drain will eventually result in a clogged drain pipe.

Many people believe that pouring cooking oil or grease down a drain is harmless because these items are liquids. However, the problem is that oils do not behave the same way other liquids do. Oil or grease may look like it goes down the drain fine. However, once it cools down, it can cling to your drainpipes. Eventually, the coating builds up over time, causing severe blockages, and clogged drain pipes.

Oils are also denser than water and other liquids. As a result, oil will float around, accumulating over time. The end result is that you could end up having a clogged drain.

Go Green
A clogged drain is not the only thing that you should be worried about. If you regularly pour vegetable oil down your drain, it will harm the overall water supply by polluting it over time. One small way you can help protect your local environment is by properly disposing your cooking oil.

So what do you do with waste oil and grease?
Pouring oil and grease down your drain or garbage disposal is certainly a quick way to get rid of it. However, you should now understand that it is not a really good solution. The best option is to use the trash can! The proper way to dispose of cooking oil is to pour it in a container and dispose of it in a trashcan.