Kitchen pipes can become quickly and thoroughly clogged over time due to grease buildup, which can happen over time due to food waste leaking down the drain. Thankfully, while they can be debilitating to the operation of your kitchen, grease clogs can be fixed somewhat easily using a number of different methods.
Grease will liquefy when exposed to hot temperatures, so running hot water through your pipes can help dissolve and remove small amounts of grease blockages within your kitchen's plumbing. However, it should be noted that complete blocks will probably not be able to be removed by hot water alone, as the grease will simply resettle deeper within your pipes.
Certain acidic household materials can help dissolve grease buildups within your plumbing. Mixing together a solution of half vinegar and half baking soda and pouring it down your drain can help break through tougher grease clogs that may have taken up residence in your plumbing. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, and then run hot water down the pipes. You may have to repeat the process several times before the clog manages to clear itself out.
For harder clogs that won't respond to either hot water or acidic household materials, you can make use of a drain snake to physically break up the grease blockage. This is the most effective way to remove a grease clog from your pipes, but it also represents the largest expense because most homes won't have a drain snake lying around. You can either contact a professional plumber to snake your drains for you or rent a drain snake from a hardware store. Simply run the snake through the drain, applying pressure to break up the grease blockage. Once the snake has broken apart the grease, run some hot water through the pipes to dissolve any remnants and prevent the clog from reforming later on.
You can also make use of chemical cleaners, available at most hardware and grocery stores, to help dissolve any grease in your drains. Be careful using these chemical cleaners because they can be highly acidic and damage your pipes over time – use them only in dire circumstances, and be sure to follow all the instructions on the bottle. It is highly recommended that you wear safety goggles, a mask, and gloves while working with chemical drain cleaners, as they can cause irritation to your skin and release toxic gases.
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