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Clogged Up The Sink With Chicken Fat? Fix Your Plumbing With These Easy Tips

If large pieces of chicken fat fall down your kitchen drain, you need to remove it fast. Chicken fat can potentially clog up your entire plumbing system and block the flow of water and sewage through your pipes. Because raw chicken fat doesn't contain chemicals and preservatives like manufactured or processed fats, the raw fat can turn rancid and slimy once it comes into contact with oxygen. In addition, raw chicken fat still contains moisture or water, which are things bacteria needs to develop. Before you panic, here are easy tips to remove the fat and protect your plumbing.

Remove the Fat From Your Kitchen Drain

If you plan to run water in your sink to push the fatty substance down the drain, don't. The water will only make the problem worse, because the water will create more bacteria and make the fat solidify. Also, until you remove the chicken fat from the drain completely, it will continue to clog up the sink's plumbing pipe. You can prevent these issues with a wire clothes hanger and plunger.

Here's how you do it:

  • Use pliers to cut the clothes hanger in half, then pull one end of the hanger out until it's straight.
  • Use the pliers to bend the straight end into a small hook.
  • Insert the hook into the kitchen drain until it touches the fat. You won't be able to push the hanger past the fat once you find it.
  • Grab pieces of fat with the hook, then slowly pull the pieces out of the drain. Take your time during this step. You want to remove as many large pieces of fat as you can.
  • Place the plunger over the opening of the sink's drain and fill the sink with about 2 inches of cold or hot water, then use the plunger to suction and pull out the smallest pieces of fat from the plumbing pipe. Placing the plunger over the drain's opening before you run the water will give you a strong suction to remove the fat.
  • Flush the drain out with hot water for 10 minutes. The hot water will melt the rest of the fat and any oils and greases it released in the sink pipe.

Now, it's time to protect your plumbing system after you remove the chicken fat from the sink drain and pipe.

Protect the Plumbing in Your Home

Removing the chicken fat is only the first step to protecting your plumbing system from problems, such as clogs and fatty buildup. Flushing your kitchen plumbing pipe out with dish detergent is the next step. Dish detergent contains numerous degreasers, surfactants and solvents that work to break up fat, grease, oil, and many other things. It's a simple fix you can use right now. 

Here's how:

  • First, pour 2 teaspoons of dish detergent down the drain, then wait 10 minutes for the degreasers and surfactants in the solution to break up the fatty residue.
  • Next, run hot water down the drain for 5 minutes. If the detergent foams up too much, run more water down the drain until the bubbles and foam go away.
  • Finally, pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the drain. The vinegar's acids will sanitize the sink drain and pipe, as well as remove any rancid scents from them. 

Wash the sink out with dish detergent to remove any fatty residue that still coat its surfaces. Your kitchen drain and the home's plumbing system is now protected.

If you need professional plumbing help to remove the chicken fat, or services to repair your plumbing because the chicken fat damaged other areas of the home, contact a contractor, such as Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, today.