HGTV reached out to the experts for answers to these questions. For help with the pipes, they turned to Jamie Smith, owner of the Baltimore, MD location of Mr. Rooter® Plumbing. "Cooking grease can destroy your drain pipes," said Smith. Pouring fatty things such as oils and grease down your drain will start to build up in your pipes, eventually clogging them. Usually this can be fixed with special tools and cleansers, but sometimes this leads to needing your pipes replaced entirely. Either way, this is an expensive solution to an easily preventable problem.
Rather than pouring these fats down the drain, there are a few simple solutions to dispose of them! Simply let the oil or grease cool (if it's hot) and wipe it up with towels or pour it into an empty can. Then you can throw it away in the garbage. So, how bad is it to pour oils and grease down the drain? It's "super bad!" For more information on how to keep your drain and pipes clean, check out our future article on disposal maintenance!