Grease, oils are plumbing enemy No. 1 during holidays,
Don’t risk clogged pipes, sanitation district warns
East Bay Times
Delta Diablo Sanitation District is warning residents against using garbage disposals, toilets or dishwashers to get rid of grease, oils
By ROWENA COETSEE | firstname.lastname@example.org | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: November 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm
ANTIOCH — A local wastewater treatment agency is calling them the unwelcome holiday guests.
Fats, oils and grease.
Delta Diablo Sanitation District is reminding area residents not to get rid of greasy leftovers from their Thanksgiving meal by washing them down the kitchen sink drain or stuffing them into the garbage disposal, which can result in clogged pipes and an emergency call to the plumber.
The usual holiday foods — turkey, ham, gravy, potatoes and sauces — along with salad dressing, vegetable and olive oils, baked goods and dairy products are all sources of the culprits that Delta Diablo refers to as “FOG.”
Residents with pipes that are already partially clogged might not know until heaps of food scraps are dumped down the sink or even the toilet, where grease can harden and require a professional to remove.
Grease is one of the most common reasons that residential sewer pipes become blocked, resulting in smelly overflows that can damage both homes and the fish in local waterways, according to the special district.
Delta Diablo recommends that people instead collect fats and oils from cooking in a heat-proof container, let the liquid cool, and then take it to the Delta Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for proper disposal.
The site is at 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Highway, Pittsburg, and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The facility is closed on Thanksgiving and the next day, Friday, however.
Residents also should scrape grease and food scraps from plates into a trash can or compost heap and wipe off cooking utensils with paper towels before washing them. Running hot water over pots, pans and dishes doesn’t help if the excess grease is not wiped off first.
Delta Diablo also recommends using a strainer or placing paper towels over the kitchen drain to keep grease out of a plumbing system.
For more information about safely disposing of FOG, call 925-756-1990.