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Beware fatty sewer blockages

How do fat, oil and grease cause sewer blockages?

When warm fats, oils, and grease are washed down the sink or toilet into the plumbing system they cool, harden and stick to the inside of sewer pipes (both in private sewer lines in your home and city sewers under the streets). Over time, the grease will build up and can block the entire pipe.

What can you do to help prevent sewer system blockages?

  • NEVER pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.

  • DO put basket/strainers into sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids. Empty the drain basket/strainer into the Green Bin for disposal.

  • What should you do with your fat, oil and grease? Let the grease cool and harden, then scrape it and food scraps from trays, plates, pots and pans, utensils, grills, and cooking surfaces into your Green Bin. •

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Article originally appeared in our Silver and Gold magazine Winter 2017 issue. Click for more articles!

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