What is FOG?
FOG is short for Fat, Oil & Grease which is commonly found in food, both animal and vegetable. Most folks associate FOG with meat products, but many other foods are also sources of FOG. Fish, butter, cooking oil, mayonnaise, gravies, sauces, vegetables and food scraps all contain FOG.
How does F.O.G. affect me?
If poured down the drain or into your garbage disposal, FOG can build up over time by sticking to your plumbing lines or the sewer lines. We know FOG plays a major role in sewer back-ups and can lead to expensive clean-up costs if the raw sewage finds its way into your home, business, or local waterways.
Homeowners and businesses may be held liable for ALL cleanup costs related to a sewer backup. Such costs can include damage to adjoining properties, parking lots, streets, and the cost to relieve and repair the sewer system.
Follow a few simple steps to prevent sewer backups:
- Pour cooled fats, oils and grease into a covered, disposable container and throw it into your garbage. Never pour fat, oil or grease down sink drains or toilets. COOL IT, CAN IT, & TRASH IT.
- Soak up remaining fat, oil and grease with a paper towel and dispose with your food and yard waste.
- Before you wash dishes, scrape food scraps into your compost or trash.
- Avoid using your garbage disposal. Use sink strainers to catch any remaining food waste while washing dishes.
- In a hurry, freeze your grease.
Every teaspoon of FOG adds to the one(s) before and eventually it WILL cause a problem. Any time you are able to direct the FOG to an appropriate receptacle, you helping yourself and your neighbors to be free of FOG-related problems in the sewer system. Share your knowledge with friends and family, even those who live far from your community. They too can benefit from your education.