22 Jul Denver Plumbing Tips: Do’s and Don’ts of Fat, Oil, and Grease Disposal
When fat, oil, and grease (FOG) is poured down the drain, they start to accumulate inside your pipes; and after a while, they clog your home’s drainage system. They can even end up clogging Denver’s main sewer lines, thus adding to the maintenance cost of the local government. To avoid this, have your drains inspected and maintained regularly by reliable plumbing services in Denver. With that in mind, here are a few useful tips on how you can keep your drains FOG-free.
Do dispose of FOG in the garbage. Wipe your plates, pots, and pans clean with paper towel before washing them in the sink. It is not recommended to throw FOG and the soiled paper towels in a compost heap as this can attract rodents and prolong the composting process. A backyard composting bin will be safer. The Denver government’s website has a list of retailers from whom you can buy a composting bin, as well as instructions on how to build your own.
Do throw table scraps in the garbage as well, as these also contain FOG. Catch small food leftovers washed from utensils with drain baskets or strainers. Waste unprocessed food items like fruits and vegetables can be thrown in the composting heap.
Don’t use detergent for washing utensils more than what the detergent manufacturer recommends. When these detergents make their way through the sewage system, they carry with them large amounts of FOG, making the process of cleaning wastewater costlier for the city. According to research, the average American household uses too much detergent than it should.
Don’t use a garbage disposal or food grinder to get rid of FOG—it just makes the pieces smaller, not dissolve them. Don’t pour cooking oil, bacon grease, salad dressings, pan drippings, or sauces down the sink, toilet, street gutters, or storm drains. Most important of all, don’t run water over dishes, fryers, pans, and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.
If you have a problem with your drainage system, call a professional plumber like one from Total Plumbing, who would have the right tools, equipment, and skills to deliver quality workmanship and make sure your drains and pipes are free from clogging.
FATS, OILS & GREASE DISPOSAL, askHRgreen.org
Backyard Composting, City and County of Denver