Dealing with Grease Blockages

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 5, 2010)

Have you ever noticed how quickly and easily a kitchen sink can collect grease, and get blocked up? It can happen surprisingly quickly. Dealing with grease blockages isn't that difficult. All you really need to do is to use a little imagination, and perhaps a little elbow grease. Here are a few methods that you can use to get not only your creative juices flowing, but also the water in your sink.

  • Caustic cleaners. Perhaps one of the best ways to begin dealing with grease blockages is to use a caustic cleaner. Caustic cleaner are drain openers and cleaners that usually contain a concentrated caustic soda. Use a generous amount (about one capful) of the cleaner, and pour it down the drain. The cleaner and water will help begin to eat away the grease and biological blockages in the drain, and allow the water to begin running smoothly once again.
  • Dish soap. Using dish soap such as Dawn is a great way to help prevent clogged sinks from getting clogged by grease. This is in large part due to the nature of this kind of soap, which has been formulated to cut away grease. While it may not work particularly well with total blockages, it can help prevent them.
  • Hot water, vinegar, bleach. If your sink is totally blocked, pour some really hot water down the drain. The hot water will melt the grease, and then allow the water to flow normally. After doing this, create a mixture of hot water and vinegar (about a 50/50 mixture) and pour it down the drain. This will help remove whatever remains of the grease blockages in your sink. To really ensure that you don't have any smells remaining from the grease blockage, and to help get rid of any particularly stubborn grease, pour another mixture of 50/50 hot water and bleach down your drain.
  • Don't pour grease. The single best way to deal with grease blockages is to never let them form at all. This will mean that you do not pour any grease down your kitchen sink. If you don't pour the grease down, it can't cool and solidify in your drain, and thereby causing a blockage.

As you can see by these simple methods, you can easily find yourself dealing with grease clogged drain. Don't wait till the expensive plumber comes around, or you have a mess to clean up. Rather, take a little time and you can easily prevent or deal with the problem yourself.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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