Did you know that F.O.G. (fat, oil and grease) is the NUMBER ONE cause of sewer blockages in homes? Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment.
How does fat, oil and grease get into the sewer system? Fat, oil, and grease enters the sewer system from household drains, as well as from poorly maintained grease traps in restaurants and other businesses.
Who can prevent sewer overflows caused by fat, oil and grease? You! You, our customer, are the most effective tool we have to fight sewer overflows caused by fat, oil and grease.
Here are some simple tips to avoid fat, oil and grease blockages in your drains:
NEVER pour fat, oil and grease down sink drains or into toilets. Home garbage disposals do NOT keep fat, oil and grease out of plumbing systems. Products, such as detergents, that claim to dissolve grease only pass it down the line and cause problems in other areas.
Scrape fat, oil, grease and food scraps into a can, disposable container, or ziplock bag and dispose of it with the garbage.
Remove oil and grease from kitchen utensils, equipment and food preparation areas with scrapers and/or towels. Keep fat, oil and grease out of wash water as much as possible. Insert baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and empty them into the trash.
Other things you can do to prevent sewer blockages:
Don’t put solids down the toilet or drain. Never flush rags, cloths or disposable diapers. These items are commonly found in sewer blockages. Think of the size of an 8-inch sewer line. This page is a little over eight inches wide. You can see how items like diapers or rags could quickly block the line. And disposable diapers are absorbent! Once you flush them, they grow even larger!
A manhole is not a trashcan! Never lift a manhole cover! Dalton Utilities’ crews often and items like buckets, cinder blocks, limbs, construction materials and other large pieces of garbage that have been thrown in manholes. These items can very quickly cause blockages, which can result in the sewer backing up in your home or your neighbors!
If you see someone putting improper materials in the sewer system or manholes, call Dalton Utilities to report it at 706-278-1313. If it’s someone on your street or a nearby street, the next sewer backup could be in YOUR home or business!