Outside of pipes freezing, one frequent problem that plumbers run into every winter (especially during the holidays) is people not knowing what to do with excess oil and fat. The inner chef comes out more during the winter due to the outdoors being less than enticing for dining expeditions, and much of that newly cooked-out oil and fat may end up down the drain.
Unfortunately, this is the last thing pipes need during the winter. Fat and oil put a large amount of strain on pipes, garbage disposal (for those who have one) and even drains, Horizon Services said. When cooking, always be sure to collect oil and fat into cans or jars and throw them in the garbage. Letting them end up in the drain could mean a big, unnecessary bill. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)