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Make Your Home’s Plumbing a Priority | FOG Safe

October 24, 2018

fats, oils, grease, plumbing, FOG Safe Drain GuardA home is an investment, and for many people, it’s the largest investment they will ever make. Keeping a well-maintained home goes beyond the yard and paint colors, but to the very foundation of the structure. If your plumbing is not working like it should, your investment is not performing like it should.

Often times you don’t give your plumbing any thought until there is a problem—a leaking pipe, a clogged pipe or a broken pipe. For most of us our home’s plumbing is out of site and out of mind.

Below are three reasons you should make your home’s plumbing a priority.

Plumbing Issues are Expensive

The average cost of having a professional plumber come to your home for a clogged pipe has increased to $211 this year (Home Advisor). This doesn’t factor in the additional costs associated with snaking a line or sending a camera down your line to try to figure out what is going on. Plumbers get very expensive, very quickly.

In addition, some plumbers increase their fees around major holidays because plumbing issues spike around these times.

If you do end up with a broken pipe, you are potentially facing thousands of dollars in plumbing and home repairs.

Sanitary Concerns

Clogged sewer lines send sewage into homes, yards, streets, and local waterways. When this untreated sewage makes its way into your home and the local environment, we are all at risk. Fresh water supplies become contaminated and we are exposed to a range of diseases and germs.

Also, most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by a sewer backup into your home. That means you are solely responsible for cleaning and repairing the damaged caused.

Fatbergs

Over half the global population currently live in cities, though this is set to rise to 70% by 2050. (Evening Standard UK) With cities growing and infrastructure aging, fatbergs are on the rise.

“Fatbergs are large lumps of fatty gunk in the sewer system which can set as hard as concrete. They are caused by fat, oil and grease (FOG) being disposed of incorrectly down sinks and drains, and then accumulating over time. They may combine with other items which should not have been flushed away, such as wet wipes and sanitary products.” (ITV Report)

A majority of people don’t understand the harm caused by rinsing a pan of grease down the kitchen sink.

When FOG waste makes its way into our home’s plumbing, city sewer lines and water treatment facilities it causes major problems. FOG waste floats down your drain as a liquid, but quickly solidifies in your pipes and city sewers, causing buildup and restricting the flow of sewage. Thus, causing a massive fatberg to form.

When pipes become completely clogged from a fatberg, sewage is no longer able to drain properly and spills out into your home and comes up through street drains and manholes. When raw sewage flows into the environment, the delicate ecosystem is damaged, and our drinking water becomes contaminated.

No matter which way you look at it, plumbing issues are stressful. The best way to keep these issues at bay is to use your plumbing responsibly. Never rinse FOG (fats, oils and grease) down your kitchen sink and practice the 3Ps when it comes to your toilets.

Responsibly Dispose of FOG Waste with FOG Safe Drain Guards

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, instead of rinsing these harmful contaminants down the kitchen sink. Our FOG Safe Drain Guard is made with recyclable materials to absorb the fats, oils and grease and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. See a FOG Safe Drain Guard in action over on our YouTube channel.

Read more about the impact of FOG on your home, cities and the environment over on our FOG Safe blog.

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