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    Fats, oils and greases can cause backups and overflows which can lead to:

          

    • Raw sewage overflowing in the basement of your home, business or neighbor's property                                                                                                         
    • An expensive and unpleasant cleanup
    • Raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards, streets, and nearby creeks and ponds
    • Potential contact with disease causing organisms
    • An increase in operation and maintenance costs for local sewer departments, which cause higher sewer bills for customer

    Grease is a byproduct of cooking and food preparation. It is found in:      

    • Meat fats
    • Lard, butter and margarine
    • Cooking oil
    • Shortening
    • Food scraps
    • Baking goods and dairy products
    • Sauces

          

    Problems associated with grease in the sewer:

    • Collect and clog sewer pipes, restricting the flow of wastewater that comes from our homes
    • Collect in the pipes within your house and cause sewer backups
    • Cause costly plumbing bills
    • Travel downstream, collect and clog outside pipes
    • Cause the sewer to backup in your house and neighboring houses
    • Restrict the flow in sewers causing wastewater to back up onto the streets where it enters the storm drain system and then enters nearby streams

    Sewer cleaning

    Not only are grease caused backups and overflows a nuisance, they are also expensive. The equipment needed to unclog sewers is expensive to buy and operate.

    Steps you can take to help prevent grease related backups and overflows

    1. Cool down cooking oil, grease and fat. Carefully pour into a sturdy, sealable container.
    2. To help solidify oils, add absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds.
    3. When full, put the sealed container in the garbage with the regular household waste.
    4. Use a paper towel to wipe out greasy pots and pans. Put paper towel in with the garbage.
    5. Scrape grease and food scraps from plates and put in with the garbage.

    Remember, even if you are not experiencing clogs at your house, improperly disposed of grease and oil can travel downstream in the sewer and collect, causing sewer backups and overflows for others.

    With your help we can keep sewers flowing freely and stop sewage backups from impacting basements, public health, and the environment.