The holidays are here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We hope you and yours have something special planned. While Thanksgiving can be a great time for food and family, it can also be a dangerous time – for your drains! In this post, we’ll talk about what NOT to put down the drain while cleaning up from Thanksgiving dinner.


Hopefully, you know not to put bones or other things down the drain that could clog up your pipes or garbage disposal. This includes things that could turn to sludge.

It’s also important that you avoid pouring any sort of grease down the drain. While traces won’t hurt, pouring grease or other oils down the kitchen sink will definitely build up over time. This grime will eventually cause your pipes to clog.

While boiling water can be a good way to help keep your drain clean, it doesn’t work when it comes to eliminating grease. Those oils will solidify and turn into a sticky mess.


Can I pour grease down the drain if I have a garbage disposal? No! Again, a little grease won’t hurt, but the sludge buildup will eventually get to the gears and blades of your garbage disposal. Keep an eye out for slow drainage, a bad smell, or gurgling noises – those are all signs of a problem.


Ok, so how are you supposed to get rid of grease? One option is to let it solidify in your pan. Once it cools, it’ll harden on its own (better there than in your pipes). From there you can just scrape it up and throw it in the trash.

Another option is collecting grease in a can or a jar after cooking. That way you can dispose of large amounts all at once. You might even be able to salvage some of the oil and use it for cooking later.


The Bosworth Company can help you with all your plumbing needs – just in time for Thanksgiving. Schedule an appointment online today or call us at 432-570-5233 for 24/7 emergency service. It’s Worth the Call. Always.