KF> For the last two weeks, I've washed my frying pan daily in the sink in
KF> my apartment unit. Occasionally, after cooking something in the pan,
KF> black charred bits, usually tiny bits of charred debris from whatever
KF> I was cooking, fell down the drain. I did not use any grease, and used
KF> the sink for no other purpose. Now the sink is clogged, and one of my
KF> roommates is blaming it on me.
KF> The thing is, I don't think it was me; he also uses the sink, as do
KF> the other roommates. That was my only use of the sink, and I didn't
KF> think that little bits of charred debris would suddenly cause such a
KF> deeply clogged drain, or even clog the drain at all, for that matter.
KF> But after he saw me washing the pan one night, my roommate claimed
KF> that the "carbon" in the bits of debris is exactly what clogged the
KF> drain. The drain is really, really clogged, and I've before never
KF> heard the notion that tiny, charred bits would clog a big sink.
KF> I want to know whether his claim is right on (and I'm just ignorant)
KF> or completely bogus. Is bits of carbon from charred pot-and-pan debris
KF> a common cause of clogged sinks? Can I continue to wash pans in the
Without being able to see the 'evidence' I'm thinking your charred
bits would have been washed over the trap and into the main sewer
system. People flush all sorts of stuff down the drain -- think of
what goes through the drain with a garbage disposal!!
What probably caused the clog was someone dumping grease or oil down
the drain. This would give a solid clog. Grease and fats should be
poured into a can or bottle and discarded in the trash. If it's just
a little, such as the dime- and quarter-sized globs from a roast,
those can be dumped down the toilet.
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