Tips for the kitchen

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The drain in your kitchen sink is only designed for water. Everything else should go in the bin. Food, oil and cooking fat are the ingredients of trouble where the drains are concerned. So here are some ideas about how you can collect and dispose of your kitchen waste.

Fat, oil and grease

Cooking fat and oil eventually turn solid. And if you put them down the drain, that solid lump is gradually expanding in the pipes under your home like foam in a cavity wall.

The more this builds up, the more likely it is that your home will be flooded with raw sewage. And that’s a stinking surprise that no-one should have to experience.

Because nobody knows when it might happen, if you don’t already collect fat and oil, we suggest that you start to collect it and bin it now.

What to use

Pretty much any container that you can fill up and leave on the side will do the trick. Remember to let the fat cool before you put it in the container.

You could use an old jam jar, yoghurt pot, margarine tub or ramekin. All you have to do is fill the container and empty it into your food waste or rubbish bin. Your local council will tell you how they want you to throw away fat and oil in your area, so check with them first.

Food waste

Little bits of food can also stick to any fat in the drain, so don’t clear the food leftover on your plates in the sink or dishwasher. Instead scrape leftovers into the bin.

Before you wash them, it’s a good idea to wipe out any packaging or jars which have had fat and food waste in them. This also helps to reduce the chance of any food entering the drains.

The big myth

Despite what you might think, no amount of flushing with hot water and washing up liquid will prevent cooking fat from sticking to the inside of the pipes. It just doesn’t work.

Fat and oil stick and harden. They capture any bits of food that you wash away, eventually building up into a solid mass which blocks the pipe. When we have to clear them, we use very powerful jet hoses.

Did you know?

Every twenty minutes (three times an hour) we clear a blockage caused by customers putting fat down the drain. That’s 72 blockages a day which could be avoided.

So next time you are clearing up in the kitchen, remember to bin it – don’t block it.