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simone54's avatar

Can I pour hot grease down the garbage disposal?

Asked by simone54 (7531 points ) January 31st, 2008

I never had one.

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PupnTaco's avatar

I wouldn’t. When it cools, it will clog the drain and collect in the trap. Let it cool and put it in a can in the trash.

simone54's avatar

Yeah but that’s like… more work.

absolutely's avatar

You can do anything you want.

stezton's avatar

PupnTaco’s idea isn’t as much work as getting a plumber to unclog your greased coated pipes would be.

Amurph's avatar

(No!)
You can’t pour hot grease down a drain for a lot of reasons, and in many states it’s illegal. (Which is why restaurants have grease traps.) It clogs not only YOUR drains, but the public waste water system as well (resulting in money spent having to fix them, as well as damaging water treatment plants).
Not to mention, if you do pour grease down the drain it will collect, solidify, rot, and then STINK your house up. Putting it in a can and then letting it cool is really not a lot of work.

Cardinal's avatar

My ten y/o old poured melted wax down the drain and washed it down with cold water and there was no problems…..............................for about 10 seconds. Hot grease and melted wax will respond about the same to going down the drain. DON’T!

gailcalled's avatar

NO! Why is pouring grease into a can harder than pouring said grease into sink?. Keep can in freezer and you can reuse it until full. If you have a septic system, there will also be a mess. And remember what plumbers charge per/hour and how unreliabie they are.

simone54's avatar

I dunno I just though it would be fine since it was a disposal. I’m wrong.

richardhenry's avatar

Just use some old oil cans, pour it into there. How much grease are we talking? Is this like, grease from a deep fat frier, or just a bit of grease from a pan? Grease from a pan is fine down the drain, obviously.

simone54's avatar

Grease from a pan. It’s not like I’m running a McDonald’s out of my kitchen.

Amurph's avatar

Hahaha! Even grease from a pan should be disposed of properly, and even if you do have a disposal. (I wish we had a disposal, technically they’re illegal in NYC for just this very reason…..)

OHIOLADY's avatar

I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS, I GUESS I’VE BEEN LUCKY NO PROBLEMS. I RUN HOT WATER AND POUR GREASE FROM A PAN INTO THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL. MY HUSBAND THINKS I SHOULD USE A CAN!!

simone54's avatar

Yeah. I do it too. No problems yet. I rent so who cares.

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