Preparing a holiday meal can be a huge undertaking, but don’t skip the proper clean up! If the messy fats, oils, and grease (FOGs) produced by cooking a turkey and other foods are poured down your kitchen sink, they can create serious problems in your household plumbing and our sewers.
In fact, FOGs found in meats, cooking oils, dairy products, salad dressings, peanut butter, and other food scraps are a leading cause of sewer backups. When these items are poured down drains, they build up inside sewer pipes and eventually restrict wastewater flow. These blockages cause untreated wastewater to back up into buildings, resulting in high costs for cleanup and repairs.
Keep FOGs out of your sink and our sewers:
- Never pour FOGs down sink drains or in-sink garbage disposals.
- Scrape food scraps from dishes into the trash or compost as appropriate.
- Wipe up FOGs on dishes with paper towels and discard them in the trash.
- Pour cooled grease into a sealable container and dispose of it once it’s filled.
Learn more at www.pgh2o.com/defend-your-drains.