Essential Guide to Proper Fats, Oil, and Grease Disposal

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With the growing concern of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) clogging up pipelines and causing environmental hazards, it’s imperative to know the proper methods of disposal. Whether you’re a homeowner, restaurant owner, or just someone who cares about the well-being of Arizona’s environment, understanding how to handle FOG responsibly is essential.

Peerless Plumbing Company and NuDrain Phoenix the dos and don’ts of FOG disposal and the importance of routine drain cleaning in Phoenix, AZ.

What is FOG and Why is it a Problem?

FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease, commonly found in everyday cooking and food preparation. While these substances may seem harmless when hot and in liquid form, they solidify as they cool down, creating a congealed residue that clings to the inner walls of pipes. Over time, this buildup can lead to a clogged drain, or even blockages and sewage backups, causing costly repairs and environmental damage.

Proper Disposal Methods

Cool Before Disposal

Allow FOG to cool and solidify before disposal. Pouring hot grease down the drain is a recipe for disaster as it will eventually solidify and cause blockages.

Scrape and Collect

Instead of rinsing pots, pans, and dishes with hot water directly in the sink, scrape off excess FOG into a designated container such as a coffee can or a glass jar. This prevents FOG from entering the drain pipes in the first place. Keep in mind that methods such as drain snaking cannot efficiently address blockages caused by FOG buildup.

Use Absorbent Materials

For small amounts of FOG, consider using paper towels or napkins to soak up the residue before throwing them away in the trash.

Recycling Programs

Some areas offer recycling programs for used cooking oil. Check with your local municipality or recycling center to see if they accept FOG for recycling purposes.

Professional Services

For businesses that produce large quantities of FOG, consider hiring professional grease trap cleaning services. These experts can safely remove and dispose of FOG according to regulations. For households, a reputable drain cleaning company can handle drain issues that resulted from FOG blockage.

With the scorching temperatures and high usage rates in Phoenix, maintaining clean drains is not just a matter of convenience but also a necessity. By adopting proper FOG disposal practices and calling for drain cleaning services when necessary, you not only prevent clogs but also contribute to the overall health and longevity of your plumbing system.

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