Fats, Oil & Grease

Keep Your Plumbing Clear

What you need to know to help prevent fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from damaging your home, business and the environment.

Where Does Grease Come From?

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are a natural consequence of cooking and also occur naturally in many foods. Grease is the common term for animal fats and vegetable oils. It can be found in such items as:
  • Shortening
  • Food scraps
  • Baked goods
  • Cooking oil
  • Butter and margarine
  • Meat fats
  • Sauces
  • Dairy products
  • Lard

What are the Grease Issues?

Grease is frequently poured down the sink drain because the warm oils are liquid and can be poured. It may not appear to be harmful, but as the liquid cools, the grease solidifies and causes buildup inside the pipes, becoming a hardened mass. The buildup restricts the flow of sewage and clogs the pipes.

The implications can be:
  • Raw sewage backing up into your home
  • A call for a plumber
  • An unpleasant and expensive cleanup at your expense
  • Raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards and streets increasing the potential for contact with disease-causing organisms
  • Increased cost for your wastewater department which may result in higher sewer bills for customers
The easiest thing you can do is keep grease out of the sewer system in the first place:
  • Never pour grease down the sink or into the toilet
  • Do not put food scraps down the garbage disposal. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent grease from going down the drain
  • Use a strainer in the sink to catch food scraps and other solids
  • Let your hot oils, sauces, and gravies cool before scraping into a plastic bag and then disposing of in your trash can
  • Pour leftover oil and grease into a can and let it cool then toss the can in the trash
Who should I call if I see a sewer overflow?
Call us first. We are a 24/7 operation with staff on duty at all times. If you have a back up on your property or see an overflow occurring in your area please call us.

Regular hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(321) 433-8739 
After 5:00 pm, or on weekends or holidays, call (321) 433-8400.

Remember, prevention is the key. Keep your pipes and drains “fat-free”.
FOG in a pvc pipe