You think pouring your tuna oil down the sink isn’t a big deal. But boy, aren’t you so wrong about that.
What many people don’t know is that throwing any type of oil down your sink is a big risk. You should never flush oil down the toilet or down the sink drain. It can cause problems for your home’s plumbing as well as the city’s sewage system. It’s also not a good idea to put oil in a septic system. Your pipes, and even worse, your distribution lines and drainage field, could become clogged.
1. Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Pour Tuna Oil Down the Sink
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can clog the pipes in your home and your wastewater (sanitary sewer) system over time. The garbage disposal will not digest FOG if it ends up down the drain. In contrast, it cools in the sewage system and then sticks to the pipe walls, leading to FOG buildup. Because of the accumulation, untreated sewage may flow backwards down the sewer system, either out of the manholes or into your house or your neighbor’s house.
If FOG mixes with other products, such as wipes, cotton swabs or dental floss, clogs can emerge faster. On top of making a mess, sewer backups can damage property, cost more to fix, and hurt the environment.
By properly discarding your tuna oil, you may help keep FOG from clogging drains and damaging your sewer system.