Plumbing Services in Vancouver: What to Do with Fat, Oil and Grease

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When fat, oil and grease (FOG) are poured down the drain, they start to accumulate inside your pipes, and over time, they clog your home’s drainage system. They can even end up clogging Vancouver’s main sewer lines, thus adding to the maintenance cost of the local government. To prevent FOGs from clogging your drain, have it inspected and maintained regularly by companies that provide plumbing services in Vancouver. Here’s how you can keep your drains FOG-free.


Do let liquid FOG cool and dispose of it in the garbage. Wipe your plates, pots and pans clean with paper towel before washing them in the sink. It is not recommended to throw FOG and the soiled paper towels in a compost heap as this can attract rodents and prolong the composting process; a backyard composting bin will be safer. Backyard composting bins are sold by the City of Vancouver at about half the regular retail price.

Do throw table scraps in the garbage as well, as these also contain FOG. Catch small food leftovers washed from utensils with drain baskets or strainers. Waste food items like fruits and vegetables can be thrown in the composting heap.


Do not use hot water to clear grease traps or interceptors. Here’s why. Grease traps (those located near the kitchen inside the home) or interceptors (the larger ones located outside and underground) are designed to filter solid FOG to prevent them from entering the city’s sanitary sewage system. If FOG from sinks are flushed with hot water, these will melt and flow with the water into the city’s sewer lines instead of remaining in the interceptors, where they can be pumped out by recycling and drainage companies. Once inside the sewage network, the local government will have to spend more to clean the sewage system. It is advised to use cold water on grease traps/interceptors to solidify FOG where it is easier to pump out.

Do not use more than the amount of detergent the manufacturer recommends when washing utensils. This is because FOG may stick to the detergent; the greater the amount of detergent, the greater the FOG it carries.
If you have a problem with your drainage system, a Surrey drainage company


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