For most people, the holidays are about getting together with family and friends and sharing delicious meals together. Unfortunately, all of the food that gets cooked during the holidays can wreak havoc on your drains. All too often, people end up scraping plates into sinks, and this can lead to a potentially dangerous buildup of fat, grease, oil, food scraps and more. As a result, the Dallas TX drain cleaning experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas want to remind you to consider your pipes before you scrape food into your drains.
Although delicious, many holiday favorites, such as pies, roasted chicken, turkey, gravy and cookies, contain ingredients that are known to clog drains. Unfortunately, because water can’t clear all of the food debris, oil and grease away, the buildup of these food byproducts occurs, and when it does, it can lead to backups and even damaged pipes.
In addition to the potential for clogging pipes, some of these food byproducts are not healthy for the environment. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we recommend Dallas-area residents collect cooking oils and grease in containers and then take those containers to a waste processing facility to be disposed of safely. To find a facility near you, check out your city’s website for locations. In most cases, oil that is disposed of at a waste processing facility is able to be recycled and used in other products.
Keep in mind that, while we do offer emergency plumbing service throughout the holidays and throughout the year, we don’t want you to have to use it, as we want you to enjoy your holidays without a plumbing issue. If you do happen to have an issue, however, rest assured that your local Dallas TX plumber at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas is waiting to serve you.
Below are some tips for keeping your pipes clog-free this holiday season:
- Avoid allowing oil and grease to enter your drains
- Use a separate bag or container for food scraps
- Always allow grease and oil to cool before placing into a safe container
- Remember that your toilet can clog too if you flush anything that is not water-soluble
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas, your Dallas TX plumbing maintenance solution, is here to provide you with fast, friendly service if a plumbing issue arises, and we’re here when you need us, even during the holidays. Give us a call today at (972) 895-7775 for more holiday plumbing tips, or visit us online to schedule plumbing service now.