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Nov 24

Don’t get caught in a holiday FOG

Posted on November 24, 2020 at 3:20 PM by Diane Carmony

With restaurant reservations canceled due to COVID-19 safety precautions, more people will cook at home this holiday season. It is important to remember that holiday cooking can include foods with byproducts that if not disposed of properly can harm your plumbing and the sewer system near your home.

You need to keep fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of household drains. They can clog your drains, cause sewer backups and disrupt the bacteria in your pipes.

As a byproduct of cooking, FOGs are usually found in:

* Baking goods

* Butter, lard, shortening, cooking oil

* Peanut butter l

* Fats and oil from cooked meats

* Food scraps

* Gravy

* Mayonnaise

* Salad dressing

* Sauces

* Sour cream

In the kitchen, FOG comes mostly from pre-rinsing dishes or washing pots and pans. When cooking FOG goes down the drain, it cools in the wastewater system and sticks to pipes, creating FOG buildup. The buildup can cause clogs and backups and damage water system pumps.  

These tips will keep your drains fat free:

  • Never put FOGs down the sink drains or into the toilet.
  • Pour cooled FOGs into a container like an old food can or jar and put the container in the trash.
  • Before washing, use a paper napkin or paper towel to wipe FOG from dishes and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste
  • Put food scraps in the trash, not the garbage disposal.


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