As you're cooking up your feasts this holiday season, we'd like to remind you that fats, oils and grease (FOG) may help food taste good, but they're bad for your sewer pipes. A clogged pipe can cause a sewer backup in your home, causing health hazards and leading to expensive fixes. FOG can also cause larger sewer mains to back up, damaging the environment. Loudoun Water alone operates and maintains more than 986 miles of water main and 727 miles of sewer main.
FOG includes items such as cooking oils, butter, margarine, lard, bacon grease, shortening, meat fat, food scraps, baking goods, gravy, sauces, mayonnaise, turkey and beef drippings, salad dressings and dairy products.
Here are some simple tips to help prevent clogged pipes:
- Don't pour FOG down your sink or toilet.
- Pour used grease into a can or container and take it out with the trash.
- Scrape food particles on dishes and cooking utensils into the trash before placing them in the sink or dishwasher.
- Limit your use of the garbage disposal. Instead, use strainers in your drains and empty the catch in the trash.
Kids can help Can the Grease too. Download this children's activity to decorate your containers.
Imagine what this bacon grease can do to your drain.