Fats, Oils and Grease

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What do bacon, ice cream, and peanut butter all have in common? They are more than just tasty treats. They are also sources of fats, oils, and grease, also known as FOG. While fats, oils, and grease add extra flavor to your food, pouring FOG down the drain can leave a real mess in West Palm Beach’s sewer collection system.


 When FOG builds up in the collection system, this forces a backup that leaves a nasty surprise in the bathroom. First the tub starts filling; once that overflows it bubbles up through the toilet too. Your kitchen sink can also become clogged. Because many of your neighbors are also unaware of FOG prevention habits, the same thing happens on a larger scale affecting a neighborhood stream.

FOG has contributed to a significant blockage in the sewer line that parallels the stream. Once the wastewater can no longer flow through the pipe, it surges in the manhole, gushing out and running into the stream.

FOG creates clogs that can back up sewage into your street, yard, or home and can even send it spilling into a neighborhood stream! Think of it this way––if it can clog arteries in the body, then it will probably clog the sewer pipe. Fortunately, clearing up FOG is as easy as doing a few simple things around the kitchen.

Read the tips below and learn how to prevent Fats, Oils and Grease from creating a stinky mess in your home or neighborhood! 

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  • Fats, Oils & Grease FAQs

    • What is FOG?

    • What is a collection system?

    • How exactly does FOG clog up a pipe?

    • Does it really make a difference if I pour just a little grease down the drain?

    • Doesn’t using soap or the garbage disposal take care of FOG?

    • But if I don’t have an overflow, does FOG really affect me?

    • What should I do with leftover oil or grease?

    • How do I know what foods are a source of FOG?

    • What if I have a sewer back up on my property? Will the City take care of it?

    • My neighbor had a sewer back up because of tree roots. Is this a problem too?

    • What about restaurants? Do they generate more grease than residents do?

    • What happens to the grease from restaurants and Food Service Establishments?