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Make sure you properly disposal of grease and fats during your holiday cooking

“Many people celebrate the holidays by preparing traditional holiday feasts including turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing and desserts. As delicious as these foods may be, they are prepared with fats, oils, butter and grease which can wreak havoc on drains and the City’s waste water system if not disposed of properly.

When residents pour fats, oils or grease down a sink or toilet, it increases the chances for clogged drains resulting in costly plumbing problems or sanitary sewer overflows. Sanitary sewer overflows are a public health concern and can cause serious environmental issues.

“City crews will respond to correct sanitary sewer overflows,” says Mark André, Director of the City’s Environmental Services Department, “but prevention is always the best course of action, and proper disposal of fats, oils and grease will avoid many plumbing and sewer problems.””

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If you want to safely get rid of cooking grease, there are a few options you can undertake. One method involves letting the grease cool and harden. At that point, you can place it in a container and freeze it before disposing of it in a solid waste garbage bin. If that’s too much trouble, you can always pour the grease into cat litter which will absorb it and dispose of it as you normally would.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to avoid any clogged pipes from following these tips. If you do encounter a clog, don’t stress, DC Annis Sewer can help. We can clear clogs from not just sinks, toilets, and other drains, but also main lines and sewer lines too. Call us at 612-861-6425 or visit our residential services page for more information.