How to Avoid Wastewater Pipe Blockages
The Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Program is designed to help reduce wastewater (sewer) pipe blockages and related overflows from the improper disposal of fats, oils and grease from sources such as cooking oils, salad dressings, meat fats, dairy products, butter and margarine to name a few. With everyone’s support we can reduce blockages in the community’s wastewater system, which help us keep everyone’s wastewater costs down.
By following these six simple rules, you too can help prevent clogs and sewage overflows:
- Never pour any fats, oils, or grease down the sink or garbage disposal.
- Before washing, scrape and dry wipe pots, pans and dishes with paper towels and dispose of materials in the trash.
- Pour fats, oils and grease after it has cooled into a sealable container and place it in the trash.
- Use sink strainers that will catch food scraps and empty them into the trash. Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system.
- Don’t put diapers or sanitary napkins down the drain.
- Plant trees away from your wastewater pipes because eventually their roots will grow into the pipe and cause a blockage.