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Fat, Oil, and Grease

(FOG)


 

 

FOG is derived from food scraps, meat fats, lard, cooking oil, and butter, margarine, or shortening. FOG becomes an environmental concern when they are not properly disposed in sewer pipes. FOG sticks to pipes which lead to blockage, due to build up. The sewage travels backwards and ends up in our streets and rivers. The property damaged that is caused by sewage overflow is not always covered by insurance, and the cost of clean up can be expensive. FOG also attracts insects and rodents.

You can prevent the side effects of FOG by following proper procedures. Rather than disposing FOG into drains, pour them in a container. Mix vegetable oil with an absorbent material, for instance cat litter or coffee grounds, or just wait for FOG to cool and then throw the container in the trash.  To keep your drains clean and working efficiently, pour ½ cup of baking soda along with ½ cup of vinegar down the drain.  Then after 10-15 minutes rinse with hot water.