Avoid a Drain Disaster: What Not to Put Down the Sink

by | May 24, 2024

As grilling season kicks into high gear, it’s essential to remember that what goes down the drain can impact more than just your kitchen plumbing. In this blog post, we’ll explore the common pitfalls of pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the sink, and how improper disposal during grilling season can lead to clogs, backups, and environmental damage.

Summer is the peak grilling season for foods such as burgers, steaks and hot dogs, which can generate a significant amount of grease. While it may be tempting to pour leftover grease down the sink, doing so can have serious consequences. FOG can solidify and congeal in your pipes, leading to clogs and sewer overflows that can be costly to repair. 

MetroConnects recommends the following methods to avoid grease and oil (FOG) buildups in your pipes:

  1. Scraping food scraps from dishes and utensils directly into the trash.
  2. Wiping pots and pans with dry paper towels to soak up FOG residue before rinsing or washing them
  3. Pouring FOG into a container and allowing it to cool and harden. A variety of everyday items can be used as grease containers such as opened soup or vegetable cans and baby food, pickle or mayo jars.
  4. Putting your FOG container into the freezer to cool even faster.
  5. Tossing a cooled, hardened FOG liner or disposal container in the trash.
  6. Saving old grocery or Ziploc bags to use as can liners so you can reuse your grease can.

As you fire up the grill this season, remember to keep your sink and plumbing in mind. Proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease is essential for maintaining healthy plumbing and preventing backups. By following these tips, you can enjoy a clean and trouble-free grilling season while protecting your home and the environment.