How to properly dispose of FOG..fats, oils and grease

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Here’s some useful information about how to propertly dispose of FOG..Fats, Oils and Grease and how they can cause some real nasty issues for today's homeowners and municipal wastewater collection and treatment systems.

FOG is not water soluble.  It separates from the water in sewer systems and clings to pipeClogged Sewer Line with FOG Fats Oils Grease walls.  This causes blockages and overflows, and affect your home’s plumbing and the city sewer system.

FOG is the leading cause of sewer backups and overflows.  A backup into a home is a serious health hazard and can cause thousands of dollars in damage.  Overflows that reach fresh water and river systems are harmful to fish and wildlife.

The easiest way to prevent FOG related sewer problems is to never dispose of grease, or greasy or fatty foods by putting it down the drain.

Using your garbage disposal or rinsing greasy pots with hot or soapy water is NOT the solution either.

The landfill is the very best place to dispose of FOG...not the sewer system.  Here are three easy to remember tips.

1. Scape leftover foods into the trash
2. Wipe greasy pots and pans with a paper towel before washing
3. For leftover cooking grease you should always...
   Cool It- Let the grease cool down
   Can it- Seal the grease in a can
   Chuck it- Into a trash can bound for a landfil

Never put FOG down the drain! Cool it, Can it and Chuck it.

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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi John, I came back to make sure this was suggested. I thought I did it the first time but the Suggest button was available and I hit it again. A very useful post for anyone. 

Nov 27, 2012 10:27 AM #49
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John great advice about what to do with fats, oil and grease...never put them down the it, can it and chuck it.

Nov 27, 2012 11:17 AM #50
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

My daddy told me about this many many years ago but I read an article about plumbing problems during the holiday and it was mainly grease and jamming too much into a disposal.

Nov 27, 2012 09:32 PM #51
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great suggestions...thanks. Many of us already know this, but then get sloppy and ignore what we know.

Nov 27, 2012 09:50 PM #52
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I have this included in my lease agreements with my tenants.  I see people do it at their own houses and I tell them this and they just don't care- another reason to have a lateral sewer line inspection as buyers!

Nov 27, 2012 10:28 PM #53
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

A great reminder that's not only considerate of local water utilities but potentially cost effective. Once a FOG clog sets in, it takes a professional to clear the line

Nov 27, 2012 10:36 PM #54
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post Q-man. The things we dump down our drains are killing us - the fish, the wildlife, our precious watersheds. FOG is a real problem and education is critical.  FOG is like fat on our arteries - clogs things up to dangerous levels.

Nov 27, 2012 10:55 PM #55
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

I was just telling my client that yesterday.  He's a bright guy and had never heard that.  That's why I think an important part of my job is education.

Nov 27, 2012 11:37 PM #56
Muriel Lawty
Keller Williams Downtown Seattle - Seattle, WA

Thank you!!  Well said!

Nov 27, 2012 11:43 PM #57
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
Hi John wow we have had to clean a few traps but none that messy!
Nov 28, 2012 12:28 AM #58
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

It's funny how many people will pour FOG down the drain, even though they always saw their mom dispose of it properly when they were a kid. It's kind of like the commercials that tell you don't have to rinse off dishes and pans before you put them in the dishwasher because the heavy duty cleaning capabilities of their machine will clean it all off. Sure it will, until all that food clogs the drain line. I guess it's just the easy way to do it... that is until the plumber has to come out and fix it. 

Nov 28, 2012 01:28 AM #59
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Ewwww, I'm going to believe you.

Nov 28, 2012 04:03 AM #60
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

How gross! But this is indeed important information and needs to be shared.

Nov 28, 2012 04:17 AM #61
Julie Bentley
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL - St Johns, FL
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR

If people don't get your message by reading your words, they surely will by looking at the accompanying picture. That is nasty! Great post, as always.


Nov 28, 2012 10:27 AM #62
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

John, this is enormously important information for everyone.  Most people do not stop to think about what happens to everything that travels through their waste pipes. Add a few potato peels to that FOG and you are in real trouble!

Nov 28, 2012 01:48 PM #63
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Very informative and useful post. I must say that my family did not know how to properly dispose the FOG's.

Nov 28, 2012 02:41 PM #64
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Great post, you never think about these things, but your post helped inform me.

Nov 28, 2012 07:47 PM #65
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

My wife saves jars to dump oil and grease in and then we toss the jars when they are full.

Dec 04, 2012 04:32 AM #66
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I lost my appetite.  Most people I know put grease down the drain.  I collect it in a can and dump it in the trash.  I don't even feel good about that.  I read there are services that will pick up oil and grease, but I don't know how to find them.

Dec 04, 2012 06:55 AM #67

I was wondering.I think this is wonderful I truly appreciate the informations shared in this post I am going to try your method. Really helpful.grease containers

Dec 09, 2012 02:59 PM #68
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