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Your kitchen sink gets a used every single day and the risk of it being clogged up is quite high, considering what is being drained down the pipes.

During washing and cooking, you are bound to end up washing down food items and fat and grease from cooking products.

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This can have a serious effect on your drain pipes. The build up of oils and fats will create a barrier inside your pipelines which can cause a barricade. Water will struggle to flow smoothly down the sink drain which may lead to bad odours and potential flooding.

Having a blockage in the kitchen sink is not an ideal issue to go through and can cause major plumbing problems for you. Not dealing with clogs in your drain pipe may lead to costly repairs in the future.

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What happens if oil goes down the drain?

Oil or grease from cooking oils are normally thick in consistency and they can solidify into fatty deposits once it is cooled. These will stick to pipes and drain ways. And the more cooking oil or oils such as bacon grease that is washed down the sink, these fatty deposits can grow over time.

Once oils and fats have been in your drains for long enough, they can build up a stink which needs to be fixed. It's important to get onto this quickly.

Your drainage will be filled will clogs which will restrict water flow and create a problem in your household. Water will eventually begin to back up out of the sink and you are at risk of water damage to your home.

Not to mention the frustration of a slow draining sink and stinky drain area! We can show you how to take care of a drain that is filled with oils and fats. No need to call a plumber Sydney, these steps and tips can be carried out simply with household products.

How do you get rid of blocked drain fat?

Plunge

If you can tell that your sink is backing up or is sluggish, then a good old fashioned plunge is very effective. Using a plunger works by using pressure and suction.

Cover the drain opening with the plunger cup and whilst holding the handle stick with both hands, create an up and down motion (make sure to always cover the drain opening). The built up suction and pressure will move the clog up towards the drain opening. You may have to repeat this a few times.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

For an environmentally friendly drain cleaner, you can use a combination of vinegar and baking soda. You will be able to find these items in your kitchen. All you need to do is pour 1 cup of boiling water down your sink. Followed by 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar.

Cover the drain with a plug and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Pour 1 cup of boiling water down the drain to finish off. Test your sink to see if the clog has been removed.

The two products mix together to create a reaction that eats away at oils and fatty substances. This method is perfect as you don't have to use harsh chemicals that can harm the environment.

Here is a list of more ways to unblock a drain if that doesn't work.

How do you prevent a greasy sink?

The best rule of thumb is to not pour cooking oils, grease or fatty liquid down your sink drain. These oils harden when they cool down and since cold water travels through your pipes, any fat oil substance stuck on your pipes will solidify and build up over time.

The only way to properly dispose of oil is to pour it into a bag or container and put into your garbage unit. This way the substance won't get into contact with any other liquid and cause a big mess with your pipeline.

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