F.O.G. What is it and how do you avoid it? Is it a seldom-seen sewer rat that is just waiting to squirm it’s way up into your home toilet? Do they live in packs in the city sewers only to descend on city parks at night to dine on garbage? Is it a toxic gas brewing and bubbling in our sewer lines?
No, it’s worse than a rat or a vapor cloud–it’s a clog. A clog that you created. Have you ever thought about what happens to the city pipes when you pour fat, oils or grease into your sink?
You’re washing your dishes and it probably doesn’t even occur to you that you are plugging up the pipes.
When the city pipes clog up it causes a problem–the pipes won’t drain. When they won’t drain they back up. When they back up it causes an overflow. The water has to go somewhere and that somewhere is onto city streets. Or across your yard. Or worse yet, into your basement.
No one wants that.
To prevent overflows the city sends out a special team to inspect the sewer lines. A remote camera is used in conjunction with a monitor and a fiber-optic camera-line reel.
The operator does a video inspection while he hand feeds the line down the sewer pipe . Ideally the camera will be fed down to the main to inspect for any clogs, breaks, tree roots or any other factors that could cause a backup.
An inspection generally takes about 15-20 minutes after which a report will be prepared to identify necessary repairs.
How to avoid these types of clogs? Don’t EVER pour fats, oils, or grease into your sink. Let your pans cool off and then wipe them out with paper towels.
You can do your part to help keep the pipes clean. Keeping F.O.G. out of your pipes is easy to do and will save you money and a big mess.
The only type of FOG we want to see is the kind in the air.
More Info: How F.O.G. Clogs Pipes
More Info: How You Can Help
By: Jennifer Croft June 1, 2017