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What To Do (And Not To Do) With Old Cooking Oil in Benbrook, Tx

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Benbrook, Texas near I-20.

Cooking oil can cause serious plumbing problems if not disposed of properly. Plumbers in Benbrook Texas, have seen firsthand how cooking oil can cause a clog. Whenever food gets stuck in your clogged pipes, it can produce an odor permeating the entire area that can be very difficult to get rid of. Here’s how Bearcat Plumbing suggests you dispose of your old cooking oil.

Do: Let oil cool fully before disposal. This one is pretty straightforward, but hot oil is dangerous to humans, pets, and plants, and can be very difficult to handle. Let your oil cool fully before you dispose of it.

Don’t: Send your oil down the drain. Although a common disposal method, cooking oil is terrible for your plumbing and can cause major clogs, odors, and expensive repair bills. Todd Absher from Bearcat Pluming says that you can save yourself a lot of plumbing repair bills by avoiding this practice. Also, while cleaning up greasy or oily dishes, run hot water for a few minutes to warm your pipes so the grease goes down the drain without solidifying.

Do: Dispose of grease properly with your trash pickup. According to Republic Services, one of our local waste pickup companies, you should take the following steps:

- Put grease in covered collection containers, and once hardened, place in your trash can.

- Avoid using the garbage disposal for this type of clean up.

- Scrape grease and food scraps from dishes into your trash can and dispose of them in your regular household trash.

A few bonus don’ts:

Don't try to make fried catfish skin moisturizer or animal feed out of your kitchen grease. Everybody loves a good fish fry, but no matter how delicious that fry was, don’t use the old grease to feed to your pets or as a skin moisturizer.

Please don't set your old grease on fire in your burn pile. This is dangerous and bad for the environment.

And finally, don’t hesitate to call Bearcat Plumbing if you have any questions or need service.

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