How does FOG affect me?
The process of cooking usually produces some amount of fats, oils, and grease. After a meal is made, a common practice is to wash greasy pots and pans in the sink, or put them in the dish washer. This is the source of a major problem, which can cost you time, money, and even your health.
When these items are washed, fats, oils, and grease flow down the drains and into the sewer lines. Cool water in the sewer line causes the greasy liquids to solidify and stick to the walls of the pipeline. Over a long period of time, much like an artery in your body, these sewer pipes begin to clog from layers of solidified grease.
The grease in your pipe can trap other particles, such as food. This process eventually leads to sewer backups, which are costly to fix and hazardous to your health.
How can I prevent this?
- Throw leftover food from plates in the trash, instead of down the sink and into the garbage disposal unit
- Wipe pots, pans, and other greasy kitchenware with disposable paper towels before washing in the sink
- Avoid putting greasy towels in a washing machine or sink. Use disposable towels to wipe up grease spills
- Use drain screens to prevent debris from entering the drain and causing clogs
- Use dry absorbents, such as kitty litter and or paper towels, to clean up oils and grease
- Consider using a can to collect grease. Use a plastic liner within the can and dispose of bag when full. Dispose with other absorbent materials.
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City of Huntington Beach
Public Works Department
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Huntington Beach, CA
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