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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Scrape Your Plate to Help Avoid Clogs


Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG, when dumped down the drain forms large, thick grease balls that clog pipes. Disposing of FOG correctly is essential to ensure that your home’s plumbing and Marietta Water's sewer lines don’t get clogged. Pouring cooking grease down the drain is not recommended because as grease cools, it hardens, leading to clogs in your plumbing or sewer line. Even though we live in a warm climate, many fats harden at room temperature.

Over time, FOG accumulates in the sewer system in much the same way that cholesterol accumulates in our arteries. As FOG builds in the pipes, wastewater becomes increasingly restricted. Suddenly, sometimes without warning, a sewer pipe backs up and overflows, similar to a heart attack. The result is a home flooded with sewage or sewage overflowing into the street.

What can you do with your leftover FOG?  

  • Pour cooled grease into an empty can or plastic bottle before placing it in the trash.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into the trash.
  • Use rubber scrapers and paper towels to remove oil and grease from cookware.
  • Put strainers in sinks to catch food scraps and then empty them in the trash.

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