As fatbergs make headlines and continue to plague city sewers, we want to take a moment to bust three very common plumbing myths that help cause them. City sewers along with your home’s plumbing is something that we should always be thinking about and considering because both affect us financially and environmentally. Below, we debunk three plumbing myths that are causing major problems worldwide.
Myth 1: Rinsing hot cooking grease and fat down the sink is fine.
False. Grease and fat will solidify. It can be tempting to rinse this liquid down your sink to get it out of your home, but this liquid quickly turns into a solid. When grease and fat solidify in your home’s plumbing and city sewers, this buildup clogs your pipes so that wastewater can no longer drain properly. Once your pipe has become too clogged, wastewater starts backing up into your home—through sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs.
When grease and fat solidify in city sewers, ‘monster’ fatbergs quickly grow and clog entire sections of sewer lines. When wastewater can no longer flow through the sewer, it backs up and spills out through street drains and seeps into the environment.
Myth 2: Pouring liquid soap down the sink after rinsing cooking fats, oils and grease will push it through your pipe.
False. Pouring liquid soap down your drain will not push the cooking fats, oils and grease through your pipes and into city sewers. When cooking grease and fat mix with cold water, they solidify very quickly and will start to clog your plumbing.
It is always best to properly and responsibly dispose of your cooking fats, oil and grease. They should never make their way into your kitchen’s plumbing.
Myth 3: If wipes say “flushable” they are alright to flush down the toilet.
False. Wipes are not flushable, and this common misleading packaging is wreaking havoc on city sewers and are now a main contributor to the rapid rise of fatbergs. When wipes meet cooking fats, oils and grease in city sewers it can be equated to bricks and mortar—they build up to create fatbergs that are as hard as concrete.
If you plan on using wipes in your bathroom, the best way to dispose of them is in the trash bin. Cities around the globe have been coming up with catchy phrases to help remind people that wipes should never be flushed down the toilet—“Wipes Clog Pipes”, “Bin It, Don’t Block It”, “Only the 3 P’s”, “Wipes Destroy Pipes”.
Now that you have the answers to these common plumbing myths, you can make small changes to your routine to help your home, city and local environment. Keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly and fatbergs out of city sewers by properly disposing of all cooking fats, oils and grease and only flushing the 3 P’s down the toilet.
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