Beware of the Grease Grinch any time of the year!
You don’t have to be celebrating a holiday to see the likes of this unwelcome clog monster. It could be just a regular ol’ Tuesday evening when you hear a suspicious glug, glug, gl—
Hello, Grease Grinch! Your sink is backing up at the most inopportune time. (And really, is there ever a convenient time?) So to avoid a visit from this slick spoilsport, be sure to keep FOG—fats, oils and grease—out of your drains, garbage disposal if you have one and, ultimately, the sewer system.
How do fats, oils and grease (FOG) affect my drains?
Whether it’s poured or is washed down the drain, FOG starts to build up on pipe walls, increasingly restricting the flow of wastewater through your home’s plumbing. Over time, FOG can block your pipes, causing overflows into your home or onto your neighborhood streets, down area storm drains, and into local waterways. As if that’s not bad enough, it poses a serious risk to public health. Yuck. Who wants to deal with a sewer backup when you’d rather be doing, well, anything else?
How can you avoid a visit from this grinchy guest?
- Keep your drain fat free.
- Can the Grease – Pour used cooking grease into an empty, heat-safe container (like a soup can) and freeze it. Once it’s solidified, toss the can into the garbage. If you’re frying a turkey, you can “can it,” or strain the frying oil and reuse it by storing it in the original container.
- Scrape Your Plate – Wipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils with a paper towel before you wash them to absorb the grease.
- Catch the Scraps – Don’t use your garbage disposal unless you really need to. Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer and toss them into your trash or compost bin.
Who don’t you want to see at your place? That’s right. The Grease Grinch… And the plumber.
FOG builds up. Your pipes could be getting closer and closer to being blocked every time cooking fat, oil or grease goes down the drain. Make the decision every day to keep your drain fat free, protecting your home and your community!
Help us get the word out! Use the resources from our to olkit below with your community groups, social media channels and other organizations. Spread the good, green word!
Help us get the word out!
Use the resources from our toolkit below with your community groups, social media channels and other organizations. Spread the good, green word!