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Winter Sewage Blockages Caused by Excessive Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

December 8, 2014

With all the work going into improving the water infrastructure in the Village, this seems like timely advice!

The holidays are here, and that means good, home cooked holiday feasts. However, along with those feasts and rich foods comes an excessive amount of oils and grease. Sewage releases can still occur in the winter without rainfall or snowmelt due to blockages in sewer lines from FOG. When cleaning up after meals, don’t dump any FOG down the drain. Running hot water and soap while fats, oils, and grease are poured down drains does not dissolve or break up the grease. The water will eventually cool and the FOG will stick to the insides of pipes, building up even more debris until there is an inevitable blockage and sewage release.

Some simple methods to clean up FOG after meals include:

  • DO pour cooled FOG into a can with a lid and throw the can in the trash
  • DO wipe down greasy pots and pans with a paper towel and throw the paper towel in the trash
  • DO dispose of large amounts of FOG at recycling centers that take FOG (if available)
  • DON’T pour FOG down the drain with hot water
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