Avoid F.O.G. Clogs: Don't Put Fats, Oils, or Grease Down Drains


Fats, Oils, and Grease Wreak Havoc on Pipes and Sanitary Sewers
The most common cause of reported pipe blockages and sanitary sewer overflows is improper disposal of fats, oils and grease, according to the EPA.

Fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) are problematic because they quickly build up on the sides of pipes, solidify, and block flow, in much the same way as cholesterol builds up in arteries. They can also solidify in the main sewer lines throughout town, where they cause blockages leading to damage for many properties. This is why it’s a violation of City Code for anyone, businesses or residential properties, to put fats, oils and grease down the sanitary sewer.

Columbia Heights Public Works asks residents to please drain fats, oils and grease from pans and dishes into containers and then put them in a garbage can rather than down the drain.

If you operate a business that works with these substances, you must have a grease trap installed, inspected regularly and emptied before it
becomes full.