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Plumbing FAQ: The Dangers of FOG

Don’t worry, if you’re one of the many homeowners that saw the word “FOG” and looked outside to confusedly realize its a sunny day, you’re not alone! When we say FOG, we’re actually talking about substances that are fats, oils, and grease, and how they interact with your plumbing. Homeowners need constant drain cleaning in Boca Raton, FL and around the world because they mistakenly dump their leftover cooking grease or coconut oil down the drain where it slowly solidifies and starts to clog the drain.

Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about how this takes place and why it’s so important to mitigate the problem that FOG causes, so you can remain drain clog-free for as long as possible! The science behind FOGs is actually quite easy to remember, and it will make a huge impact on your budget.

Why Is FOG Bad for My Drain?

FOG, or fat, oil, and grease, can create a major problem for your kitchen plumbing and here’s why: these substances aren’t always in their liquid form. In fact, they can solidify in above freezing temperatures. Have you ever freshly cooked bacon on a griddle, only to see the bacon grease solidify after an hour or two? While this might just be an interesting thing to note on your stovetop, it can be absolutely brutal on your plumbing system if that solidification happens in your drain.

How Do I Mitigate the Problem?

Good question! There are a couple of solutions to this issue.

Prevent FOG Issues

Preventing FOG issues in the first place is actually a pretty handy solution to this type of problem. When fats, oils, and grease would normally be poured down the drain, try instead to wait until it solidifies and dump it into the trash. By disposing of it like you would normal food waste, you’re stopping them from ever having a chance to clog your drain. The trash is a perfect place for discarded FOG and your drain will be much happier without that material gunking it up.

Contact a Team of Professionals

If you suspect your drain is becoming the victim of what we’d call a FOG clog, then there are still solutions that can leave your plumbing happy. Professional plumbers have a wide arsenal of tools at their disposal to clear your drain of clogs effectively.

For instance, a plumber could use a hydro jet, which is a powerful water jet connected to an auger that gets inserted into your pipes to clear out any material that might be clogging it with pressurized water. This can clear a FOG clog easily without any harm done to your plumbing for an affordable price.

What’s the Best Solution?

Honestly, we recommend a combination of both of these tips. If you can focus on preventing a drain clog from occurring in the first place while remembering to call your local team of plumbers when one does develop, you’ve got a recipe for success. Don’t neglect your plumbing and you should be in good hands!

At Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC, you can count on nice people and super service. Call our super-friendly team today!

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