The City of Titusville, Florida / Water Resources / What You Should Know About Fats, Oils, & GreaseWhat You Should Know About Fats, Oils, & Grease
You know that fats, oils, and grease can be bad for your body, but did you know that they are also bad for your sewer pipes?
Fats, oils, and grease, collectively known as FOG, is created from all kinds of foodstuffs that are both animal and vegetable based. FOG can cause headaches for homeowners and sewer utilities because when it is washed down the drain it can stick to the inside of pipes and cause blockages.
Contrary to what many people believe, FOG is not just created when oil used for fried foods is poured down a drain. Foods such as frosting, salad dressing, mayonnaise, ketchup, butter, and gravy all contribute to FOG.
Another mistaken belief is that if you add hot, soapy water to liquid grease or greasy foodstuffs and then pour it down the drain you can prevent FOG. Hot, soapy water does not prevent FOG; it just moves it further down the pipe. Eventually the grease will cool and harden causing blockages and overflows.
Blockages in sewer lines cause backups and overflows. Raw sewage backups are unsanitary and gross. Backups can damage your property and can be expensive to clean up.
|How you can prevent FOG:
||Wipe, do not rinse, dishes prior to washing them by hand or loading in the dishwasher.
||Pour liquid grease from cooking into a metal container, let cool and then dispose of it in the garbage.
||Use a strainer to keep food scraps out of the drain. A garbage disposal only shreds scraps, it does not remove grease.
Click here to find out about grease interceptors for new businesses.