Fats, oils and grease (also known as F.O.G.) are as bad for sewer pipes as they are for our arteries and wasteline. F.O.G. clogs sewer pipes and causes blockages that result in costly sewer backups and overflows. These sewer backups and overflows can cause health hazards, damage home interiors and threaten the environment.
Most of us know grease as the byproduct of cooking. Grease is found in such things as:
Too often, grease is washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. Grease sticks to the insides of sewer pipes both on your property and in the streets. Over time, the grease can build up and block the entire pipe.
Home garbage disposals do not keep F.O.G. out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent F.O.G from going down the drain.
You can help us fight F.O.G. and keep it out of our sewer lines by disposing of it properly.
Disposing of gallons of fryer oil can seem overwhelming. What do you do with it all? Pouring it down the kitchen sink or storm drain is simply asking for a clogged pipe. Instead, choose one of the following options:
Information provided by Water Environment Federation