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Avoid A Holiday Sewer Backup

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) are food by-products that can severely damage a home’s drain line system as well as the sanitary sewer system.  FOG collect and eventually harden on the inside of the sewer pipes; preventing water from flowing and causing blockages.

Blockages in the sewer may cause Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), which potentially can cause raw sewage to spill into streets, lakes, streams, homes and businesses.

The best way to prevent blockages is to keep the FOG out of the drain line system.  Below is a list of Best Management Practices that will help to prolong the life of your drain line system and reduce the inconvenience and cost of line blockages.

 

Best Management Practices: What to do and what not to do

 

DON'T
  • Don’t put grease or fryer oil down any sink or floor drain.
  • Don’t dispose of food or food scraps in sinks.
  • Don’t take out sink strainers or drain covers. Empty scraps into trash, not down the drain.
  • Don’t use cleaning chemicals improperly. Follow the instructions on the label, for your safety as well as the safety of the environment.
DO
  • Do throw all solids including waste food into the garbage.
  • Do run a LOT of water if you must use the garbage disposal.
  • Do compost food scraps or scrape them into the trash, not into the drain.
  • Do wipe pots, pans and dishes with dry paper towels to remove grease before rinsing or washing them.
  • Do deposit used fryer oil in the appropriate container.
  • Do recycle cooking oils when possible.

For questions regarding FOG control, give us a call at 303-693-3800