Why Is Grease Damaging for Your Drains?

Some homeowners pour fat, oil, and grease into the sink without a second thought, unaware that this is a costly mistake. In fact, most plumbing emergencies arise from this habit. Roberts Plumbing Hydro Jet & Rooter, your trusted plumber in Woodland Hills, CA, discusses the issues that occur when grease and drains meet.


Most fats and greases enter drains in liquid form and solidify inside the pipes as they cool. Over time, these substances can build up until a large portion of the pipe’s interior is blocked. This will result in slow-flowing drains and eventual sewage backup unless removed by pipe jetting promptly.


Pipelines that don’t flow smoothly due to grease accumulation may harbor bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. These microbial life forms emit nasty odors, but we can easily clear them away with hydro jetting in Woodland Hills, CA.


As congealed grease blocks the pipes, water will sit for extended periods, which may cause the pipeline to corrode. Addressing this type of damage generally goes far beyond simple hydro jetting services, but our team is equipped to handle it.


Butter, shortening, mayonnaise, dairy products, and animal fats are among the biggest sources of household grease. Other products that contain grease include soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizer, and facial creams. While it’s impossible to prevent all grease-containing products from going down the drain, it pays to take steps to limit them to head off the need for future sewer jetting.

Always throw fat, oil, and grease in the trash bin. You may also collect these substances first in a disposable container, like a soda bottle, and throw it away. Before washing your pans, plates, and utensils on the sink, wipe off leftover grease first with a paper towel.

Don’t hesitate to contact Roberts Plumbing Hydro Jet and Rooter today for more information about hydro jetting tree roots, grease, and other plumbing obstructions. You may also schedule an appointment with our team.