While Rudolph’s red nose is great during foggy weather, it is no help with the FOG in your plumbing system.
In the plumbing world, FOG is short for “Fat, Oil, Grease” something we all generate a lot of during the holiday season. Our holiday feasts of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and desserts generate a lot of FOG that tends to go down the drain. Follow these simple tips and prevent FOG from ruining your holiday festivities:
- Never, never, never pour fat, oils or grease into a sink, toilet, tub or garbage disposal, NEVER. Instead pour it into an empty can or plastic container, then let it cool and solidify before throwing it into the trash. You can also pour it on kitty litter, then dispose of it. It takes very little FOG in your drains to cause problems, so just don’t do it.
- Scrape food from plates, pots & pans into the trash can first, then rinse the remaining minor food particles into the garbage disposal. Avoid putting fibrous, stringy or starchy foods like celery, rice, potato peels or any bones into the disposal; these items can cause real problems with your garbage disposal. Rinse plates using cold water, that helps any grease solidify before it goes into the drain; otherwise it will solidify somewhere in your drain line where it acts like glue making “stuff” stick to it.
- Lastly, never use the toilet as a substitute for a trash can. Only toilet paper and “stuff” that comes out of you should ever be flushed down the toilet!! (Do not flush “flush-able wipes” either; they will flush just fine but they can get hung up inside the drain where they can cause major headaches for you).
Follow these tips for a trouble free holiday season, but if you do have FOG problems don’t call Rudolph The Reindeer, call Plumbing Professors!
Happy Holidays to all of you and your families from the whole Plumbing Professors Team!