Disgusting kitchen habit could cost you over £500, plumber warns

We've all poured food scraps down the kitchen sink at some point, but a plumbing expert is warning homeowners to think twice before pouring fat and fatty oils down the drain – because it could cost over £500.

At the end of a long day, all you want to do is put your feet up after dinner and not think about cleaning your air fryer or pouring away frying pan grease.

Clogged drains can lead to costly repairsPhoto credit: GettyIt can be tempting to pour food scraps and oils down the drainPhoto credit: Getty

It may seem like a good idea in the moment and make your life a little easier as you have more time to relax, but throwing food scraps down the drain can cause even bigger problems – clogged drains and expensive repairs.

Plumbing professional Tom Watts warns that pouring fatty oils and grease down the drain can cause blockages.

He said: “Fatty oils and grease disposed of down kitchen drains dry out and solidify, which can cause serious blockages in the pipes.”

This poses the risk of damaging your sink and all kitchen appliances.”

Once the oil deposits solidify, they can no longer be removed with a simple plunger and it can become expensive.

Tom continued, “Once the oil has solidified, the blockages cannot be cleared with a plunger. A plumber has to come and either vacuum the blockages with expensive machines or clear them with a vacuum rod.”

“You could pay £250 or more, depending on the blockage and the time it takes to unblock it.”

If pipes are beyond repair due to permanent damage, you may face costs of over £500 to completely replace the pipes.”

In collaboration with Magnet Kitchens, the plumbing expert shared some practical tips on how to avoid damage to your drains and continue to feel good.

Remember to scrape food scraps from plates and cutlery into the trash can.

It may seem harmless to simply flush small bits of food down the plug before washing up, but be careful – even the smallest bits of food can lead to greasy deposits in your drain.

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Save yourself the trouble and simply scrape all food scraps into the trash can instead of throwing them down the sink.

Dispose of fats and fatty oils properly

Magnet experts warn homeowners to give up the nasty habit of simply pouring grease down the sink and urge them to dispose of grease and fatty oils properly.

Instead, they suggest allowing the cooking byproducts to cool and solidify, then throwing them into a container or separate trash can to protect your pipes.

Buy a strainer or filter for your sink drain

Most kitchens already come with a strainer or filter that catches food particles and grease and prevents them from getting stuck in the pipes. However, installing a larger filter to catch larger food particles can go a long way in keeping your pipes free from blockages.

Clean your sinks and drains regularly

If you've noticed that your kitchen sink is taking longer to drain or that it's making a gurgling noise, don't panic!

It is important that you clean your sinks and drains regularly to avoid the risk of clogging.

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Just take some baking soda and vinegar. This mixture will dissolve grease and dirt and make your drain look like new.

To prevent further blockages, simply rinse with boiling water afterwards and tada – goodbye, blockages!

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