Fats, Oils & Grease

Avoid the FOG

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) causes sewer blockages, leading to spills and overflows that are hazardous to our health. These spills can result in damage to our homes, pollute our local waterways and groundwater, and harm fish and wildlife habitats. The good news is, community members like us have the power to easily prevent damage from FOG, contributing to a better quality of life here in Delaware.

FOG in liquid form may not seem harmful, but don’t let that fool you. As FOG cools, it congeals and hardens, making it a toxic substance for the sewage system. It sticks to the inner lining of drainage pipes and restricts the wastewater flow, eventually causing a blockage. Using detergents or bleach may appear to help, but this is not the case. It is only a temporary solution. FOG will soon return to its thick, solid state, cleaners just send the FOG further down the sewage line. FOG build up is the number one cause of public and private sewage spills. Luckily, these situations are entirely preventable.

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