A Little Grease Can Cause BIG Problems!

Grease can enter the sewer system at virtually any point, including your kitchen sink. Grease can come from a variety of sources such as:

*Meat Fats


*Cooking Oil


*Butter and Margarine

*Food Scraps

*Baking Goods


*Dairy Produces

These materials will solidify in the sewer system over time causing a messy mass  to grow until the flow of water is obstructed and sewage begins to back up.  The results of a grease blocked sewer pipe can be:

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

*An expensive and unpleasant cleanup that often must be paid for by you, the homeowner.

*Potential contact with harmful organisms.

*An increase in operation and maintenance costs to the City sewer department, which causes higher sewer bills for customers.

*Sewage overflows in streets and rivers.

Here a some steps that can be taken to prevent this problem:

1. Do not put dairy products, fats, oil, grease, or greasy foods down the garbage disposal or drain.

2. Freeze small amounts of fats, oils and grease in a lidded container and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.

3. Mix small amounts of cooking oil with an absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds, place it in a lidded container and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.

4. Wipe additional grease from pots, pans and plates with a paper towel before placing them in the sink or dishwasher.

5. For large amounts of cooking oil and other fats (1 gallon or more), call your local landfill or waste disposal facility.

Preventing sewer backups from F.O.G. blockages saves residents money and protects the environment!