The holiday season is right around the corner—which means there is a lot of family time, fun holiday gatherings and delicious meals to look forward to. The first official day of fall is next Saturday, Thanksgiving is only 67 days away, Hanukkah starts in 77 days and a tasty Christmas meal is exactly 100 days from today. Don’t let a clogged drain spoil your plans this holiday season.
One way to ensure a clog free holiday season is by properly disposing of all fats, oils and grease after cooking a meal. Pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the kitchen drain will cause sewer clogs that block the flow of wastewater from your home to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. This wastewater can then overflow into homes, yards, streets, and local waterways. This is a surefire way to spoil a great holiday meal.
Facts About FOG
- FOG (fats, oils & grease) is found in the following—meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter/margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces, and dairy products. Many common household cooking staples contain FOG.
- Cooking oil, such as canola and olive oil, float on water and adhere to sewer pipes. This is the way in which pipes start to become blocked. The excess oil adheres to pipes, and slowly begins to accumulate until your pipe is completely blocked and you experience a sewage backup into your home.
Avoid a costly bill from your plumber this holiday season by following a few basic rules when it comes to disposing of food items.
- Scrape food from dishes into your trashcan prior to washing them in the sink.
- Place a strainer in the sink to catch food scraps and dispose of them in the trash.
- Do not rinse any fats, oils or grease down your kitchen sink drain. Responsibly dispose of FOG after cooking a meal with FOG Safe Drain Guards.
FOG clogged pipes happen over time—each time you rinse a pan with leftover cooking grease or a baking bowl with melted butter, you are sending fats, oils or grease down your kitchen sink drain and coating the drain pipe with these harmful contaminants. Think of it this way, FOG clogs your pipes and the city sewer system in much the same way that our arteries get clogged—gradually. Therefore, it is imperative that you properly and responsibly dispose of fats, oils and grease throughout the entire year, and not just around the holidays.
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