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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Protect Your Home By Keeping Your Drains Fat-Free

MSD Project Clear - Keep fats, oils, and grease out of your drains!

MSD Project Clear is urging the community to take action this holiday season by properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), instead of putting them down the drain.

FOG from butter, gravy, cooking oil, and sauces can look as harmless as liquids, and many people dispose of these substances down their drains.  When they cool, however, FOG becomes thick and sticky, adhering to the pipes of our sewer system and potentially causing clogs, basement backups and sewer overflows. FOG can also cause issues in the pipes of your home, producing clogs or backups.

FOG gets into our sewer collection system mainly from residential customers pouring the substances down their drains.  Fats, oils and grease are a byproduct of cooking and are mostly found in the meats, cooking oils, butter, mayonnaise and other "hidden oils" such as salad dressings, syrups or cheese.

What can you do to avoid clogging your drain with FOG?

  • Wipe cooled pots and pans with a paper towel before washing.
  • Remove fatty foods from plates and the kitchen sink and place them in the trash, not down the drain.
  • Can it, cool it, and trash it. Pour all cooled cooking fats that will harden into a container such as an empty pet food, vegetable, or coffee can. Cool them and throw them in the trash.

Help prevent drain and sewer clogs by keeping drains fat‐free. Find out more at

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