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What are FOGs?
What are FOGs
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) is used in or is a byproduct of food processing and preparation. Examples of FOGs are cooking oil, butter, lard, shortening, margarine, gravy, sauces, meats, sour cream, and mayonnaise.

Putting these greasy materials down a sink can lead to a clogged sanitary sewer line. Clogs can then lead to wastewater backing up into your home or business, spilling out onto the streets, and even finding its way into storm drains.

Cleanup
Cleanup can be expensive for residential homeowners and especially expensive for commercial businesses. They can also be subject to fines and closures if the situation is serious enough.

Clogs
If you find that your home's sewer lines have become clogged with FOG, it may require either do-it-yourself maintenance or assistance from a plumber to clear the blockage.

Prevention
The first line of defense and the easiest way to solve the FOG buildup problem in your community, and help prevent sewerage overflows, is by keeping this material out of the sewer system. Here are a few tips:
  • Communicate with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease in your sewer system and how to keep it out. The solution starts right in your home with your actions.
  • Don't put grease down garbage disposals. Put baskets / strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain baskets/strainers into the trash for disposal.
  • Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
  • Pour fats, oils, and grease into a container such as an empty jar or coffee can.
  • Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, and grills and cooking surfaces into a can or the trash for disposal.

A good website for more information is "Cease the Grease."