Fat, Oil, and Grease (FOG) clog pipes similar to the way they clog arteries. FOGs coat the inside of pipes, harden, and build up layers until a pipe is clogged.
Dispose of FOGs correctly. Cool grease after cooking then put into a bag or other sealable container that can be put in the trash.
Clogs from Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are easily preventable:
- Don’t pour FOG down the drain
- Pour cooled fats, oils and grease into a container and put the container in the trash. If you don’t have a container, place tin foil into a coffee cup or similar, add FOG, allow to cool and dispose.
- Before washing, use a paper napkin or paper towel to wipe FOG from dishes and dispose of it in the trash
- Use sink strainers to catch food waste
- Put food scraps in the trash, not through the garbage disposal.
This USA Today video from MSN.com shows a few other substances that should also be kept out of the drain: 5 Things You Should Never Put Down a Drain