Banish the FOG | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Banish the FOG | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

FOG – fats, oils and grease – will clog your drains and plumbing pipes. Homeowners should never put them down the drain.

You were feeling especially hungry after a morning spent bicycling on the Withlacoochee State Trail so you decided to fry a batch of chicken. Of course, you’re now left with a pan full of oil to deal with.

Don’t do the easy thing and dump it in the kitchen sink or garbage disposal. That’s the worst thing you can do with grease, oils and fats.

“Keep that used oil away from the drain! Sure, the garbage disposal (or any other drains, for that matter) might seem like the easiest option, but that is the least effective way to dispose of cooking oil. Why? Oils and fats become solid and can cause major damage and blockages to your pipes. It can also mess up your plumbing system, attract pests, and (eek!) pollute the waterways,” according to

What do you do?’s test kitchen offers four suggestions for the oil once it gets down to room temperature:

“Transfer cooking oil to a disposable container with a lid. This can be a cooking oil bottle, plastic milk jug or carton, coffee can, or a purchased grease disposal container … . Seal the container and place in your household garbage. …

“Live close to a restaurant? They might have a bin specifically for collecting cooking oil. Try contacting them about adding your oil to their collection bin if you have a large amount to dispose of such as if you plan on deep-frying a turkey.

“If you are using soy, corn, coconut, olive, or sunflower oil (which are 100 percent vegetable oil) you can add them to your compost pile in small (emphasis on the small here, as too much oil on the compost could become a fire hazard) amounts as earthworms will eat cooking oil. Make sure you’re only doing this with veggie oil. Animal fat is a big no-no for your compost. …

“You can mix used oil with cat litter, which will absorb the oil, making disposal easier.”

Of course, no  matter how careful you are, sometimes you’re going to get a clog whether it’s caused by FOG or something else. When that happens and you can’t get rid of the blockage by yourself, it’s time to call the reliable plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

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