When fats, oils and grease (FOG) is poured down the drain, it sticks to the inside of the wastewater pipes and restricts the flow of water, eventually causing a blockage. These blockages can cause sewer overflows and backups at your house and result in costly repairs and cleanup. FOG not only damages the wastewater pipes but it also pollutes our waterways.
Four Tips to Avoid Sewer Backups
- SCRAPE IT: Wipe FOG and food scraps from plates, pans and into the trash and use strainers in your sink to catch food.
- CAN IT: Pour unusable FOG into a sealed container.
- COOL IT: Allow FOG to cool and solidify.
- TRASH IT: Dispose of unused FOG properly in your trashcan.
What are FOGs?
FOG stands for fats, oils and grease found in common foods and ingredients such as meat, butter and cooking oil.