Let’s Talk About FOG

Fats, oils, and grease – FOG – are inevitable byproducts of life in the kitchen. When you cook using meats, cooking oil, shortening, butter, and other similar products, you generate FOG as part of your food scraps. And it may seem easy to just put everything down the disposal, this can cause a host of plumbing and sewer problems for your home and your community.

If FOG goes down your kitchen drain, it collects in sewer pipes. Over time, it will restrict the pipe flow and can cause wastewater backups in your home – a BIG problem. Plus, FOG discharged into septic systems and drain fields can cause malfunctions and require major clean-outs and other expensive procedures.

Here are a few quick ways to reduce FOG in your home:

  • Do recycle used cooking oil, or dispose of it by pouring it in a sealable container before it goes in the trash.
  • Do scrape food scraps in the trash, not the sink.
  • Do rinse dishes and pans with cold water before they go in the dishwasher. Hot water melts FOG off the dishes and into the sewer pipes.
  • Don’t put food down the drain, even if you have the disposal system. Grinding food up does not reduce FOG; it just makes the pieces smaller.
  • Don’t use cloth towels to clean greasy dishware. When you wash them, the grease will make its way to the sewer.

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