Keep drains free of turkey fat & trimmings this Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start preparing the traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. As you whip up some festive sauces while the turkey and roast spuds cook in the oven, the task of cleaning up the dishes afterwards is something you would rather not think about.
That said, water companies are urging homeowners across the UK to make a few small changes this Christmas to help trim the fat that makes its way into our sewers and drains, causing them to become blocked. Here at Clearfirst, we are on hand to give you expert advice on the best ways to keep your drains free of turkey fat and leftover trimmings this Christmas.
The problem of sewer blockages is made much worse during this time of year, as the remnants of Christmas dinner will see around 250 tonnes of leftover fat being poured down the drains causing nasty smells, overflowing drains and flooding. Now that’s an expensive surprise nobody wants at Christmas!
While most of the oil used during cooking is absorbed, excess cooking oil, lard and grease is usually emptied down the kitchen sink. These may be liquids as they are emptied through the plug, but they quickly solidify when they come into contact with the cold sewer walls creating giant ‘fatbergs’ underground. Contrary to popular belief, pouring hot water after emptying fatty liquids down the sink does not dissolve them!
How should I dispose of Christmas fats, oils & grease?
A top tip is to pour the fat into an empty margarine tub after it has fully cooled so it’s the perfect consistency to throw in the bin. Other handy advice includes:
- Let the fat in the baking trays cool completely before scraping it out
- Empty all leftovers into the bin
- Give your crockery, pans and tins a quick wipe with a clean cloth or kitchen towel before loading the dishwasher or doing the washing up
- Collect waste oil in a suitable container to dispose of in a bin
- Use strainers in your sink plug hole and empty the contents into the bin
- Do not sweep any waste into floor drains; place all rubbish in the bin
These might be small changes, but if everyone does their bit and follows these simple tips, it will make a huge difference to the drainage system and prevent any costly repairs. If you are suffering from blocked drains, it is extremely important to address the problem as quickly as possible before it becomes a larger problem. Our experts at Clearfirst respond quickly to any call we receive, dispatching a fully equipped drainage van to your premises with no call-out charge. Simply get in touch with our friendly team today for further information about any of the services we provide.