Grease Disposal Best Management Practices For Residential
Residents can help prevent pipe blockages and sewer overflows by keeping grease out of the sewer system. Sewer backups can cause damage to homes, health hazards and threaten the environment. Sewer pipes blocked by grease are an increasing common cause of overflows.
Where does grease come from?
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG's) are a natural consequence of cooking and can also occur naturally in many foods. Grease is the common term for animal fats and vegetable oils. It can be found in such items as:
What are the grease issues?
Grease is frequently poured down the sink drain because the warm oils are liquid and can be poured. It may not appear to be harmful but as the liquid cools, the grease solidifies and causes buildup inside the pipes, becoming a hardened mass. The buildup restricts the flow of sewage and clogs the pipes.
The implications can be:
|The easiest thing you can do is keep grease out of the sewer system in the first place.|
Who should I call if I see a sewer overflow?
Call us first. We are a 24/7 operation with staff on duty at all times. If you have a back up on your property or see an overflow occurring in your area please call us. Our emergency number is 813/247-3451 or 813/259-1693. We will dispatch a team to the problem area who will make a determination as to the source of the problem. If there is a back-up or clogged line in our pipes, we'll fix the problem and it won't cost you a dime. If the back up or overflow is due to a problem in your pipes we will let you know.
Remember, prevention is the key. Keep your pipes and drains "fat-free".