Cooking Oil


Fotolia_44378283_XS_oil.jpgMost residential sewer backups and overflows are caused by too much cooking grease heading into the sink instead of the trash.

Grease from home cooking is washed into the plumbing system through the kitchen sink. Over time, grease can build up and block the entire pipe.

Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces, and do not prevent grease from going down the drains.

Commercial additives or detergents that claim to dissolve grease may instead push grease down the line and cause backups in other areas.

Do not pour grease down drains or garbage disposals. Scrape plates into the trash before washing or loading into the dishwasher. Wipe out small amounts of grease in pans with a paper towel prior to washing. Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty them into the trash.

If you have a large amount of grease left over from deep frying, you can recycle it.Simply bring it to Recology Vallejo at 2021 Broadway. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but they are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more info, call (707) 552-3110.

The easiest way to stop overflows and backups is to keep cooking oil and grease out of the system by putting it into the trash.

For a free brochure on Fat Free Sewers, call (707) 644-8949 ext. 1610.