Fats, Oils and Greases harmful to your arteries and your SEWERS too!

 

Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment!

A huge contributor to overflows can be found in SEWER PIPES BLOCKED BY GREASE!!

Grease gets into the sewer from household drains as well as poorly maintained grease traps in restaurants and other businesses.

 

What are some common forms of grease that make their way down the drain?

Meat Fats

Lard

Cooking Oil

Shortening

Butter and margarine

Food scraps

Baking goods

Sauces

Dairy products

Did you know that home garbage disposals do NOT keep grease out of the plumbing system? (They only shred solid material into smaller pieces)

AND Commercial additives such as detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass grease down the line and cause problems in other areas!

What can happen to your home or business if grease gets down your drain?

*Raw sewage overflowing into your home or your neighbor’s home!

*An expensive and very unpleasant cleanup 

*Raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards and streets

*Potential contact with disease-causing organisms

*An increase in operation and maintenance costs for local sewer departments which cause HIGHER SEWER BILLS FOR YOU!!!

So, REMEMBER:

•Never pour grease down sinks or toilets

•Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pains, grills, cooking surfaces, etc. and put into a can or in the trash for disposal (recylcing where available).

•Do NOT put grease down garbage disposals.  Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and empty the drain baskets and strainers into the trash.

For additional information, contact:

The Water Environment Federation

1/800-666-0206

www.wef.org

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