Keep Pipes Clear; Prevent Problems

Most sewer overflows are caused by too much cooking grease heading into the sink instead of the trash. Sewer overflows caused by grease backups can create health hazards, damage homes, and harm the environment. Most often, grease that comes from home cooking gets washed into the plumbing system through the kitchen sink. Over time, grease can build up and block he entire pipe. Garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. These units shred solid material into smaller pieces, but do not prevent grease from going down the drains. Do not pour grease down drains or garbage disposals. Scrape plates into the trash before washing. Wipe out small amounts of grease in pans with a paper towel prior to washing. Put strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and put them in the trash. If you have a large amount of grease left over from deep frying, you can recycle it.