Within the last three weeks, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have published articles about the importance of properly disposing of common household waste (FOG and flushable wipes), and what happens when we don’t. When these two media outlets address fatbergs, it accentuates the point that it is time to further discuss the issue at hand.
Fatbergs are no longer a dirty little problem ignored by cities, restaurants and home owners. Gone are the days of indiscriminately rinsing a pan of grease down the drain after cooking a meal. With the rise in fatbergs, subsequent costs associated with getting rid of fatbergs, as well as the damaging environmental effects, cities, home owners and renters alike are ready to join forces to combat this growing issue.
Four Easy Ways You Can Help Combat Fatbergs
- Never rinse FOG (fats, oils and grease) down the kitchen sink. (The FOG Safe Drain Guard can make this quick and easy for you.)
- Scrape all leftover food into the trash can, instead of down the sink.
- Bin wipes after use, do not flush them. Even if the package says “flushable”, they are not.
- Use the “three Ps rule” and keep a bin in the bathroom for everything that isn’t pee, poo or (toilet) paper.
The consequences of fatbergs can be awful: blocked drains can lead not only to split pipes and leaks but can cause toilets to back up and raw sewage to flood your home.
Incorporating the FOG Safe Drain Guard Into Your Kitchen Routine
The FOG Safe Drain Guard is designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen drain, so you can quickly and easily pour the used cooking fat, oil or grease (FOG) into it, and then promptly dispose of the entire drain guard. It is made with recyclable materials to absorb the FOG waste and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. This one easy change in your kitchen cleaning routine will save you money from costly plumbing repairs, the city from expensive fatberg removal, and our environment from deadly contamination. See a FOG Safe Drain Guard in action over on our YouTube channel.
Want to know exactly what these sewer monsters are comprised of? Head on over to our post, What exactly is a fatberg, and why are they blocking sewers?
As cities continue to grow and infrastructure continues to age, it is more important than ever to pay close attention to what you are rinsing down the kitchen sink and flushing down your toilet.
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