FOG Down the Drain

Grease from cooking is not good to pour down the drain.

FOG. No, we’re not talking about the misty cloud that lingers in the early morning or gloomy air that seems to be in every horror movie forest scene. We’re talking about fats, oil and grease.

Fats, oil and grease are natural byproducts of food preparation and cooking; however, they are not a natural part of our drains, pipes, and sewer systems. When FOG is poured down the drain, it coats the inside of pipes, which will eventually lead to a blockage.

Why is pouring fats, oil, and grease down the drain so bad?

Not only can FOG poured down the drain be bad for the pipes in your own home, it also has a negative effect on our local sewer systems.  Sewer systems are not designed to handle or treat these substances in excess.  Without proper disposal of FOG, a build up in sewer systems can occur and eventually block collection pipes and sewer lines. This blockage can result in sewer backups and overflows on streets, properties, businesses and even customers’ homes. Additionally, overflows can also negatively impact the environment by contaminating ponds, steams, and rivers.

Common ingredients that produce FOG:

  • Dairy Products
  • Meat Fats
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Sauces
  • Lard/Shortening
  • Soups
  • Batters/Dressing
  • Oil
  • Food Scraps
  • Icing

How Can I Prevent FOG Damage in My Drains?


Wipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils that could have grease on them with a paper towel prior to washing. This will absorb the grease and prevent it from entering your pipes. Don’t use cloth towels or rags to clean grease as they need to be washed and will eventually lead the grease to end up down the drain.


Pour used cooking grease into an empty container. Be sure to wait for the grease to cool. Once it’s canned, store it in the freezer, throw it in the trash or recycle it. After canning your grease, be sure to still clean the pan to ensure all grease has been removed.


Eliminate the grease with the garbage disposal. Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer. Toss the obtained grease in the trash and wipe the strainer clean with a paper towel.

Now you’re an expert on how to prevent any more FOG down your drains in the future, but what if the damage is already done? Ben Franklin Plumbing can help with drain cleaning and remove the FOG from your home plumbing. Our services include sewer repair, video inspection, backflow testing, trenchless sewer repair, and hydro jetting services. All of our drain cleaning services are eco-friendly as we only use environmentally friendly products. Don’t wait for repercussions to occur, schedule an appointment with Ben Franklin Plumbing today.

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