Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG)
Conspiracy to Clog in the 1st Degree
Aggravated Sink Stink
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What a pain in the drain…
FOG or fats, oils, and grease have been key criminals in the war on clogs for decades. When poured down sink drains, these viscous villains buildup, prevent the flow of water and eventually block pipes completely. If wastewater can’t move freely through pipes and out into the sewer system, it can back up into your home and can cause unsanitary conditions and damages that can be expensive to repair.
Grease clogs sanitary sewer system much like bad cholesterol and fatty acids clog arteries in the human body. Known agents of FOG include meat fats (bacon, sausage, beef), lard, cooking oil, butter, baking products, milk and dairy products, and all other food scraps. These clogs block the sewer line and can cause disgusting and dangerous backups. While drain cleaners might clear out your pipes in your home, the greasy mess just gets washed into the sewers afterward, creating a bigger problem down the line. Your grease is competing with the grease of everyone else who has ever lived in your building and on your block; even just a tablespoon per person can really add up when it all mixes together in the sewers.
Check out this massive “fatberg” caused by the clogging culprits!
Save Your Sink
Whether leftovers, peelings, or byproducts, food should never go down the sink! Remember the 3 C’s of sink safety: Cool, Contain, Can/Compost
Cool: Let the grease cool and solidify in your cooking pot/pan
Contain: Scrape FOG and excess food scraps into a secure, sealable container like a peanut butter jar. Before washing, wipe down pots and pans with a paper towel
Can/Compost: Throw the full container of FOG and your paper towel into a trashcan. If possible in your home, start composting food and vegetable scraps instead (don’t compost grease).
Learn more about composting options here.
*Tip: Store your FOG in a sealed container and place it in the freezer