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

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Albuquerque Homes Realty *

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
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
RE/MAX Associates

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. 

November 27, 2012 06:27 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts 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.

November 27, 2012 07:17 PM
Nan Jester
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL

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.

November 28, 2012 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC

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

November 28, 2012 05:50 AM
Shanna Hall
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311
Real Estate Solutions

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!

November 28, 2012 06:28 AM
Brian Kuhns
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber

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

November 28, 2012 06:36 AM
Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

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.

November 28, 2012 06:55 AM
Rafi Footerman
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!
Mid Jersey Inspections

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.

November 28, 2012 07:37 AM
Muriel Lawty
Keller Williams Seattle Metro West

Thank you!!  Well said!

November 28, 2012 07:43 AM
Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
The Ocala Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty
Hi John wow we have had to clean a few traps but none that messy!
November 28, 2012 08:28 AM
Suzi Sandore
North County San Diego Homes
Keller Williams North County

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. 

November 28, 2012 09:28 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Ewwww, I'm going to believe you.

November 28, 2012 12:03 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
Charles Rutenberg Realty

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

November 28, 2012 12:17 PM
Julie Bentley
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL

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.


November 28, 2012 06:27 PM
Sharon Parisi
Dallas Homes
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty

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!

November 28, 2012 09:48 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Kimo's Lifestyle Solutions
WikiWiki Realty

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

November 28, 2012 10:41 PM
Rob Renk
Easy Hard Money Lender | DFW | minimum $60K+

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

November 29, 2012 03:47 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

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

December 04, 2012 12:32 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California


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.

December 04, 2012 02:55 PM
Anonymous #68

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

December 09, 2012 10:59 PM
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