Fats and Grease Don't
Belong in the Drain
As you prepare for your holiday parties and family gatherings, it's important to remember how to safeguard your drain pipes and city sewer lines. You should never pour Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) down the sink, garbage disposal or toilet. FOG sticks to the interior surface of the sewer pipes, hardens over time and eventually may cause sewage to backup and spill in your home.
Running hot water as you pour the grease down the drain only breaks up grease temporarily, because as it goes down the line it cools and hardens - in either your pipes or the sewer line.
The best way to get rid of FOG is to pour used fat or grease into a can, milk carton or other container, allow it to harden in the refrigerator and then dispose of it in the household trash. When disposing of oil that may not harden in the refrigerator, soak up the oil with paper towels or newspapers and dispose in the trash. Similarly, use paper towels to wipe off excess oil and grease from dirty dishes.
Greasy foods to avoid putting down the kitchen drain:
- Meat fats
- Cooking oil
- Butter and margarine
- Gravy and sauces
- Food scraps
- Baking goods
- Dairy products
Other items to never wash down your drain or toilet:
- Coffee grinds
- Egg shells
- Large chunks of food garbage
- Produce stickers
- Wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Paper towels
- Flushable cat litter
- Motor oil, transmission fluids, anti-freeze or other toxic chemicals
- Solvents, paints, turpentine, nail polish, polish remover
- Flammable or explosive substances
- Corrosive substances that are either acidic or caustic
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
Being mindful of what goes down your drain pipes will benefit you and your neighborhood.