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Drain Problems
April 24, 2009
12:46 pm
JuicyLucy
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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a really good (but still fairly environmentally friendly) product for clearing the chocolate out of your kitchen drains?

Many thanks,

Lucy

April 24, 2009
5:31 pm
xuanyriver
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Hi, i think it’s the best way to clean the drain, is using very hot water. Also the chocolate is quite expensive, so clean up the tools before washing them.
take care

April 29, 2009
1:59 pm
JuicyLucy
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Thanks for this, xuanyriver. I retain as much choc as I can – I’m the one who pays the bills, so I know how much profit I’m washing down the drain! I’ve been doing it for a year and a half now, and hot water doesn’t quite do it for my drains. Any other recommendations?

Thanks,

Lucy

April 29, 2009
4:45 pm
garethmabbs
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go to your nearest hardware shop and buy a drain unblocker. It resembles a long metallic snake with a handle on it, which you use to thread the screw into the drain. It’ll probably cost about a tenner.
Also, if you say you scrape all the chocolate off your moulds and utensils before washing, what makes you think it’s chocolate blocking your drains?

Dairy Milk is good.

Dairy Milk is good.
April 29, 2009
8:21 pm
JuicyLucy
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it’s the only thing that I put down there – I get what I can off, but there’s always a scraping left in the bowl, and what’s left on my hands after rolling truffles etc

It’s not that it’s blocked, it’s just draining slowly I guess.

You all seem suprised by this. Am i the only one with this problem?!?

April 30, 2009
9:55 am
garethmabbs
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I am lucky enough to have industrial drainage in my workplace, so I don’t have this problem. What might be a solution is taking off all the drainage pipes from your sink to the main drain and cleaning them out. It’s really easy to do, but it is VERY smelly!! Only recommended for strong stomachs!

Dairy Milk is good.

Dairy Milk is good.
April 30, 2009
7:40 pm
Gracie
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I think you need to do a thorough clean with a strong detergent…hot water alone won’t break down the grease build up. Is the problem in the immediate pipes from the sink? If so, I’d say you’re not using an effective (or enough) detergent to bind the grease. Try to keep a sink full of soapy water rather than rinsing your hands under a running hot tap. If the problem is further down the line, you may want to consider a grease trap of some sort (again, once you have cleared the existing build up), which can be hugely expensive, although there are smaller versions. This prevents the build up going into the system and blocking the mains drainage.
Incidentally, if you’re not on mains drainage but a septic tank, grease can cause you no end of problems and you must get a separator or grease trap or the tank won’t work which can be very expensive to put right!

May 1, 2009
8:19 pm
jifar
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We have a septic tank and I am very nervous about how much chocolate goes down the drains. I use a LOT of paper towels.

Having scraped as much chocolate off containers moulds etc as I can I then wipe them with lots of absorbant paper (those giant blue rolls).

If the chocolate has set up I put the items in a 40c oven to melt it out so I can wipe them almost clean before actually washing in hot water.

I always run a lot of very hot water after emptying out the sink water.

I compost the paper towels which seems to work ok.

So far no blocked drains or problems with the tank.