Plumber warns little-known kitchen sink mistake could cost you hundreds of pounds

After a video went viral on TikTok highlighting the dangers of pouring grease and fatty oils down the sink, plumber Tom Watts and Magnet Kitchens shared some important advice

A plumber has explained the dangers of pouring grease and oil down the drain((Getty Images)

A plumber has warned Brits about a little-known kitchen fault that could cost hundreds of pounds to fix.

This came after a video went viral on TikTok, garnering more than 16 million views and highlighting the dangers of pouring grease and fatty oils down the sink. The clip shows the consequences of a homeowner making this mistake – grease completely clogged drains and the large deposits required a spade to loosen them and allow the water to drain.

“Don't pour grease down your sink,” explains TikTok user ThatPlumbGuy in the accompanying caption. “It's the worst drain clog besides baby wipes.”

And plumber Tom Watts explained on Magnet Kitchens: 'Fatty oils and grease disposed of down kitchen drains dry out and solidify, causing severe blockages in your pipes. This puts your sink and all appliances (dishwashers, washing machines and boilers) in your kitchen at risk of damage.

“Once the oils have solidified, the blockages cannot be removed with a plunger. You will need to get a plumber to come out with expensive machinery to either vacuum or clear the blockages. Depending on the blockage and the time required to clear the blockage, you could pay anywhere from £250 or more. If the pipework is beyond repair due to permanent damage, expect to pay over £500 to completely replace the pipes.”

Experts at Magnet point out that it is essential to dispose of grease and fatty oils properly. “Instead of pouring the grease down the drain, collect it in a container or empty it into a separate trash can and dispose of it once it has cooled and solidified,” recommends the company.

Magnet also recommends three important steps you should follow to avoid damaging your septic system:

1. Buy a strainer or filter for your kitchen sink drain

Most kitchen sinks come with a strainer or filter to prevent larger food particles or grease from getting into the pipes. However, to prevent your pipes from becoming clogged, installing a larger filter is a good option.

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