New Jersey American Water provides tips for proper disposal of cooking grease to protect home plumbing and sewers
When washed down the drain, grease and oil can adhere to the insides of the pipes causing clogs that lead to sewer overflows and in the worst cases, sewer backups for homeowners. Neither dishwashing detergents nor garbage disposals have the ability to properly break down these materials, which build up over time.
“Fats, oils, and grease are typically liquid when warm but solidify at cooler temperatures,” explains
New Jersey American Water provides the following tips for handling fats, oils, and grease to ensure clear pipes and sewer system lines:
- Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
- Pour fats, oils, and grease into an empty jar or coffee can.
- Allow the grease to cool and solidify before throwing the container in the trash.
- Install baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps.
- Scrape food scraps and grease from plates, pots, and utensils into the trash before washing.
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Source: New Jersey American Water
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