F.O.G. — A threat to your plumbing.
F.O.G. stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. It is the number one cause of sewer system blockages in the Metro Atlanta area. F.O.G. sticks to the walls of your plumbing and the sewer system and can build up over time. Eventually, it can completely block your plumbing or the sewer system.
How does grease get into the sewer system?
What can you do to prevent sewer overflows caused by grease?
- Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets
- Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of plumbing systems
- Products, such as detergents, that claim to dissolve grease may cause problems for someone else down the line
- Scrape grease and food scraps into a can, disposable container, or zip lock bag and dispose of it with the garbage
- Insert baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and empty them into the trash
Other things you can do to prevent sewer blockages?
- Don't put solids down the toilet or drain
- Don't flush rags or cloth/disposable diapers. These items are commonly found in sewer blockage.
- A manhole is not a trashcan! Never lift a manhole cover. Crews often find items like buckets, cinder blocks, limbs, construction materials and other large pieces of garbage that have been disposed of in manholes. These items can very quickly cause blockages.