Recently, a fatberg was discovered in a London sewer the size of 11 double-decker buses, the largest ever discovered. The fatberg was a massive fat, oil and grease (FOG) blockage in the city’s sewer line.
No matter the size of a FOG blockage, it can create a messy, inconvenient and expensive problem for utilities and customers alike.
FOG buildup is especially a problem during the holiday season when meals are larger and higher in fat content.
After your Thanksgiving meal, please remember to discard FOG into the trash, rather than the kitchen sink or garbage disposal.
One of the best ways to ‘cease the grease’ is to pour it into a can and cover it until it cools. Once it hardens, simply throw the can away.
An important reminder: Springs Utilities maintains the community’s wastewater collection and treatment system. Our customers are responsible for the maintaining their wastewater service lines from their home to the main sewer line.
Without prevention and proper maintenance, service line repairs can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars. We recommend customers have their wastewater service lines inspected and cleaned professionally on a regular basis, at least once every two years.
Springs Utilities also follows a wastewater main cleaning and maintenance schedule. Under normal circumstances, this ranges from six months to five years.
So, please remember this holiday season to defend your drains and steer clear of fatbergs.
Photo courtsey of BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40246198