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You're just one person. You can’t keep up with everything. Sure, you might keep an eye on a few things around your home — but you’re probably going to forget to check on your plumbing system. If it's out of sight, it's out of mind—right?

Drain and sewer line maintenance might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it should be. Here’s what you can do to keep clogs at bay. 

Invest in a biological drain care product.

Not everything that goes into your drain flows through your drain.

Over time, fats, oils, grease, starch, and other forms of food waste will collect and solidify in the odd curves of your drain line. To keep your plumbing in check, you have to (quite literally) stay ahead of the curve.

Products like Green Gobbler’s Enzyme Drain Cleaner can eliminate tough buildup in drain lines, grease traps, septic tanks, and more. Green Gobbler’s product uses a biological formula to break down and digest fats, oils, grease. Those harmful chemicals you find at the grocery store won’t do anything but cause more issues for you and your drain line.

After only a few applications of Enzyme Drain Cleaner, you’ll have a free-flowing drain. To prevent future clogs, keep using Enzyme Drain Cleaner as directed.

Don’t pour grease or oil down the drain.

We all have our lazy days. After frying some delicious bacon or cooking a hearty stir fry, all you want to do is sit down and start eating. So instead of disposing of the grease in the proper manner, you just pour it down the drain and hope for the best. Doing this one or twice won’t cause a major plumbing issue. However, if you make it a bad habit, you’re going to have some problems.

Run as much hot water as you want; the remaining grease will still stick to the walls of your drain and solidify, eventually leading to buildup.

The next time you cook some bacon or a hamburger, let the grease sit out on the pan while you’re eating your meal. Once the grease has solidified, wipe down the pan with a wet paper towel and throw it in the garbage can. If your meal created a substantial amount of grease, pour the excess grease into a container. Leave the container in the fridge, and collect more grease as you make more meals. Once the container is full, throw it out.

Find a bulk supplier (if you own a business).

The drain lines and grease traps in your kitchen must be maintained for proper drain flow. On a daily basis, grease and organic material build in your drains. That material then solidifies, reducing drain flow until a complete clog occurs. That’s why ongoing drain maintenance is key in preventing clogs in restaurants and businesses with cafeterias and food prep locations.

To keep your drains and traps flowing smoothly, search for a bulk supplier of drain & grease trap treatment products. Green Gobbler’s wholesale supply partner, Factory Direct Chemicals, carries a full line of enzyme drain cleaners and grease trap products. These products contain microorganisms that “eat” organic waste to clear drains and grease traps. As an added benefit, these products also consume odor-causing organic material, neutralizing foul smells from grease and leftover food.

A powerful enzymatic drain cleaner is well worth the investment. Stop calling the plumber after the problem has come to a head. Start routine maintenance now with a few products from Green Gobbler, and check "drain maintenance" off your to-do list — at least for this month. 


Emma on

I don’t see any actual directions in this article. A complete waste of my time

Luke Smith on

Thanks for the tip about using as much hot water as we want to prevent the grease from solidifying on the drainage line. Whenever we celebrate parties and birthdays here at home, it’s inevitable for us to cook so we could save money. However, the washing of dishes and cleaning of the kitchen aren’t focused anymore, most specifically the segregation of used oil because people are tired of the preparations. Since we’re fond of cooking, I’ll be sure to contact a drain cleaning service to inspect the lines underneath our kitchen and to replace them if necessary to prevent future complications.

Taylor Bishop on

I wanted to thank you for the advice for maintaining a drain. I’m glad that you mentioned that you should put grease in the garbage can once it has solidified. I’m interested to learn how long you should let the grease sit so you can remove it before washing the dishes.

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