Fats, Oils and Grease – Oh My!!

    No, these are not a food group, but something that you may be dealing with this upcoming Holiday Season.

    turkeyIt only takes a few simple tips to help avoid a ghastly sewer/septic back-up in your home. Not only is a back-up unpleasant and unsanitary, the cleanup can cost thousands of dollars– your homeowner’s insurance may not even cover the cost.

    Even though fats, oils and grease are a liquid when first used, they will turn into a solid eventually and definitely if poured down a drain. When the grease starts to solidifythis gooey slimy solid clings to pipe and sewer walls. Once plugged, the drain will back-up and overflow into your home. This gooey sludge can even back-up into the streets and streams.

    Because the season of huge dinners begins in almost two weeks, plan now how you will be disposing the cooking fats, oils and grease.

    Here’s a check-list of what to do with fats, oils, and grease:

    • Never pour grease down sinks or toilets.
    • The best way to deal with butter, shortening, lard, meat fat and oils is to use an empty tin food can to store it. Then freeze the grease to make it solid and throw it in the trash. If you put a lid on the can, you can reuse your plastic lid on another can to store the FOG.
    • Scrape fats, grease and food from plates and cooking utensils into the trash.
    • Use basket strainers in your sinks to catch food and empty them into the trash.

    Huge Holiday meals are daunting and expensive enough without adding a plugged sewer to the mix. But whether it’s the Holidays or not – never pour grease down the sink or toilet. This may even save you a lot of money when it’s time to sell your home.

    Looking for other tips to sell or buy your home in the Northern Utah area? Check out our website, blog or give us a call. The holidays can be a very special and exciting time to buy OR sell your home – there’s still time to be HOME for the Holidays!!

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