Follow these simple steps to keep your sink clog-free on Turkey Day

It’s important to remember to properly dispose of clog-inducing fats, oil and grease found in food, especially after preparing that holiday feast. Common sources of fats, oils, and grease include cooking oil, butter, meat fats and salad dressing.

When fats, oil and grease are poured down a drain, they can cool and become solid. This can eventually narrow pipes. In your home, this means that your sinks may drain slowly and back up. Clogs also can occur in the sewer, causing backups in your neighborhood.

When cleaning up after cooking or baking, remember to follow these simple steps to minimize clogs:

  1. Pour and scrape all fats, oils and grease into a disposable container.

  2. Seal the container.

  3. Put the container in your waste bin.

“The holidays are a time for friends and family to come together over a home-cooked meal,” says Bill Busath, Director of the Department of Utilities. “By properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease, you can avoid the headache and expense of dealing with a sewer backup, and instead enjoy spending time with your friends and family.”

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