Columbus advises residents about fats, oils, grease in drains

Published 5:37 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Town of Columbus has issued a warning to residents not to put fats, oils and grease down the drain in their homes.

“Fats, oils and grease do not belong in the sewer or your septic tank,” the town said. “While pouring hot water and detergent into the drain along with the grease may allow it to pass into your line, the grease will reform into a solid lump as it cools, blocking your home’s sewer pipes, the main sewer system or your septic tank.”

The town said residents should scrape and dry wipe pots, pans and dishes with a paper towel before washing them. The used paper towel should be thrown away in the trash. Mixing grease with absorbent waste such as paper towels, kitty litter, coffee grounds or shredded newspaper will help prevent leakage from trash bags.

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Blockages in the main sewer line can lead to spills that are hazardous to residents’ health and to the environment. Removal of grease blockages and the clean-up associated with sewage spills is very expensive and may result in liability and property damages, the town said.

Blockages in your own sewer or septic tank, Columbus officials said, can lead to wastewater backing up into your home or business, spilling out onto the streets and even finding its way into storm drains. The property owner will either need to perform do-it-yourself maintenance or hire a plumber to clear the block.

– article submitted by the Town of Columbus