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FOG-Proof your Festivities: Keep Drains Clear and Holiday Budgets Intact!

The holiday season is a time for festive gatherings, delightful food, and cherished moments with loved ones. However, the joyous atmosphere can quickly sour if clogged drains become a concern. Many incredible holiday dishes, such as meats, sauces, gravies, salad dressings, butter, frosting, and batter/dough, can wreak havoc when disposed of improperly. Even small quantities of fats, oils and grease poured down drains can lead to obstructed pipes, resulting in costly plumbing repairs. 

To prevent the headache of pricey plumbing bills, we recommend implementing the following FOG management strategies:

  • Thoroughly scrape off all food debris from utensils and dispose of it in your organics bin or as stipulated by local regulations. 
  • Dry wipe any remaining fat, oil, or grease on pots, pans, or other utensils using a paper towel to minimize FOG entering your drains. Dispose of the used paper towel in the trash. 
  • Pour cooled cooking oil or solidified shortening/lard into a container with a secure lid, such as a used jar or can, and discard it in the trash. 

Adhering to these suggestions can prevent the need for costly sewer pipe clog repairs. Take proactive measures to ensure the smooth flow of wastewater down your drains. Additionally, consider scheduling professional annual cleaning of your home’s sewer pipes to further mitigate potential issues. For more information, visit