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Deep fried plumbing: A plumber’s take on turkey frying

Deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey is becoming more and more popular, which means more and more people are stuck with gallons of used oil with little idea of how to dispose of it.

We can help with that part, but first: We do not recommend deep frying a turkey without taking proper precautions, doing research and asking someone with experience for advice. When done properly, deep frying your turkey creates a tasty treat. When done wrong, such as dropping a frozen turkey into a vat of scorching oil, you get an incredibly dangerous and even deadly situation (simply search “frozen turkey in a deep fryer” on YouTube to see demonstrations by fire departments).

But let’s assume you deep fried your turkey, all went well and you now have a belly full of turkey and a deep fryer full of used oil. Believe it or not, this is the point where many people pour oil down the drain. It’s just liquid, right? Wrong! Oil in your drain pipes will solidify and wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system and the city’s. FOG (fats, oils and grease) are common problems in causing sewage backups.

The only way to properly dispose of your oil is to drop it off at a collection point provided by your local government or other recyclers. Louisville has several drop points provided by the city, and Lexington has several options for commercial drop offs. Many of these sites will convert oil into bio diesel.

Review this handy list of other great (and tasty) tips for deep frying your turkey. Just remember to properly thaw out your turkey, and to never put oil down the drain and you’ll be doing just fine.

If you’re reading this a little too late and already have a clog, give us a call at (502) 451-2882 for Louisville, or call (859) 559-0625 in Lexington. We’ll give you a free estimate.

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