Holiday Cooking Mistakes That Can Lead to Plumbing Problems

posted on Friday, December 11, 2020 in Blog

Waste, fat, and built-up grease will surely be part of the holidays as Ames, IA homeowners get busy in cooking. At this time of the year, you don’t want these residues to pile up in your pipes and kitchen sinks because they can cause havoc in your home.

Keep your plumbing system efficient by avoiding these holiday cooking mistakes.

Pouring Grease and Oil Down the Sink

It’s so easy to think that a flush of water can wash away almost everything in your pipes. But that’s not always the case! The grease and oil that you pour down in your sink can cause clogging in your plumbing system. They mix with other substances in the pipes like moisture then solidify, thus blocking your drainage system. As much as possible, avoid flushing oil down your drain. Use a disposable container for the grease instead.

Tossing Bones in the Drain

When it comes to your plumbing system, it’s never safe to throw anything in the sink, including bones from beef, pork, or poultry.  These bones are too hard and dense for your drain to chew up that even top-of-the-line industrial garbage disposal can’t easily break down. However, if you’re cooking fish, it’s perfectly fine to toss its bones in the sink. Anything bigger or harder than a fishbone should be disposed of properly.

Giving Your Sink a ‘FIBER DIET’

Most people who are on a diet prefer fibrous food for a healthier and fitter physique. But if you offer your drainage system the same kind of diet, you’ll surely regret it, especially this holiday season. Fibrous foods such as asparagus and celery can wreck your sink. Their strands or strings can get caught in your sink, resulting in clogging.

Treating Your Kitchen Sink Like Your Body Tissues

Eggshells are kitchen scraps that should be left in your trash bin than in the sink. It’s true that eggshells contain protein that is good for building and repairing tissues in our body. But, your sink doesn’t need them! Eggshell’s membrane causes an adhesive bond and adverse effect on other garbage in the sink, thus slowing the drainage process.

Loading the Sink With Starch

Potato peels are one of the many sources of starch. If disposed of in your kitchen sink, it will take only a few minutes for your drainage to clog. Starch in potato produces a paste-like component—causing the residues in the drain to clump together. You know exactly where this one’s going.

This holiday season, you wouldn’t want a dysfunctional plumbing system to be on your Christmas list. Avoid these cooking mistakes and you’ll surely have a merry and worry-free celebration.

For more plumbing tips, stay tuned to us at C and K. Don’t hesitate to call us for all your HVAC and plumbing needs in Ames, IA and the surrounding areas.