SAWS News: #CanTheGrease for Jolly Pipes
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#CanTheGrease for Jolly Pipes

Plumbers love the holidays. With all the extra baking and cooking, it only takes one little mistake in the kitchen to trigger a messy, expensive plumbing disaster.

Did you know cooking grease being poured down the drain is a major cause of residential sewer clogs?

That’s because fats, oils and grease harden and stick to the sewer pipes — much like cholesterol does to arteries. Over time the pipes will clog, causing nasty sewage backups and serious damage to your home — not to mention ruining your holiday get-together.

So What Exactly Is Grease Anyhow?

Grease is more than just cooking oil or melted butter. It also comes from dairy foods like milk and ice cream. It’s in that goo you pour out of your canned goods after opening them. Peanut butter, fried foods, salad dressing, lard and shortening for baking, and even that delicious frosting on your cake all contain grease.

Bottom line: If it contains fats of any kind, those fats will harden and clog your pipes. And no, washing it down the garbage disposal with hot water won’t help.

Save Your Pipes and #CanTheGrease

The best way to dispose of grease? In the garbage can. Solids can be scraped right into a lined trash bin. Pour liquids into a sealable container and put it in the trash, too. Wipe any remaining grease from pots and pans with a paper towel.

SAWS performs routine maintenance on sewer lines citywide to keep things flowing. In fact, hundreds of millions of dollars are earmarked for sewer work over the next five years.

By following these simple tips, you too can help prevent costly (and disgusting) sewage spills. Your neighbors and holiday guests will thank you.

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