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Preventative Maintenance - Kitchen Drains

Dear Residents,

a reminder from Management: please don't dump food waste, coffee grinds, bacon drippings, cooking oil, kitchen grease, or anything but regular (dish) water down the drains.

A backed-up drain causes an unsightly mess, odour and possible flood damages. It also causes costly plumbing costs, but most importantly, unpleasant cleanup and inconvenience in your homes. Never, ever pour oils or grease down your drains. These products are thick in nature and not water-soluble. Over time, they collect and stick to the inner walls of the pipes, eventually forming a thick membrane of gunk along with other food particles causing solid blockages that prevent proper drainage.

Always use your sink stoppers when preparing foods. More effective than kitchen sink stoppers are kitchen sink strainers/screens (pictured below).

These sink strainers are available at the Management office at a cost of $2.00 each.

As a goodwill gesture, the Board will be providing one (1) strainer per suite at no cost to the unit owner/tenant (while supplies last). You may pick up your sink strainer from the Security Desk, at your convenience.

Please read the valuable information below so you can know how drains work in a building like ours, and what you can do in your kitchen to help ensure that we prevent as many future problems as possible!

Best regards,

Selina Gopaul, Administrator

Emerald City One - TSCC 2368

Drain maintenance Please do not pour any chemicals down the drains (ex: Drano or Liquid Plumber). The use of these chemicals is not recommended in high rise towers such as ours. Garburators Garburators are not to be used in condominiums since all the processed food is then disposed down your kitchen drains causing clogging of the building pipes. Please collect all refuse and dispose of it in the garbage. Although garburators are commonly used in single dwelling family homes; they are not to be used in residential buildings. In summary, the best practice to maintaining clean, healthy, and free running drains is PREVENTION. Helping us maintain healthy drain pipes will:

  • Reduce and possibly eliminate the risks of unpleasant kitchen sink backups or floods in residential suites.

  • Reduce plumbing costs and your maintenance fees.

  • Peace of mind to you and your neighbours.

Keep your pipes free from fat; not everything that goes down the drain makes it all the way to the wastewater treatment plant. Fats, oils, and grease poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet can stick to your home’s sewer pipes and lead to costly blockages. Ever heard of a "fatberg"? Grease, fats and oils build up in pipes creating clogs that can cause sewer backups. Just like a steady diet of greasy food can clog your arteries, grease flushed down drains can block pipes. Over time, grease can build up and eventually block an entire pipe, a phenomenon now called "fatbergs". These fatbergs block proper drainage, causing sewage and water to surge up through sinks, floor drains, and toilets. Overflows from blockages can damage homes, and threaten your health and the environment. Myth-busting facts about grease disposal:

Myth #1: It’s okay to pour grease down the drain with lots of hot water. Fact: Once grease cools it resolidifies in your pipes, possibly further down the line where it gets more expensive to fix!

Myth #2: Dish soap breaks down grease Fact: Dish soap only breaks up grease temporarily. Like using hot water, grease and fat will re-solidify in your pipes.

How to dispose of grease properly:

  • Never pour grease down sink drains or toilets.

  • Liquid cooking oils (e.g. from a deep fryer) can be poured into a sealable container and dropped off at the ground floor garbage room (located at the back of the building). It is best not to throw it down the garbage chute.

  • Scrape solidified grease and food scraps from your plates, utensils, pots, pans, food preparation area, and cooking area into your organic garbage.

  • Place a strainer in your sink to catch food scraps and other solids. Dispose of grease and food scraps in your organic garbage.

  • Use a paper towel to wipe up grease and dispose of the paper towel in your organic garbage.

  • Be careful when using a commercial cleaner or detergent which claims to dissolve grease as they may only transport the problem further down your pipes.

Grease can come from:

  • Butter and margarine

  • Cooking oil

  • Dairy products

  • Food scraps

  • Lard and shortening

  • Meat fats

  • Sauces

What happens when there’s a sewer block? A sewer block caused by grease accumulation in your home’s pipes could cause:

  • Raw sewage to overflow into your home or your neighbours’ home,

  • An expensive and unpleasant cleanup that often must be paid for by the homeowner,

  • Potential exposure to disease-causing organisms.

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