Keep Your Drains FOG Free | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Keep Your Drains FOG Free | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help if your drains become clogged with fats, oils, and/or grease.

“Fatbergs” made up of fats, oils, and grease have become international news during the past few years. The fats, oils, and grease, more commonly called FOG, get into the sewer system and form a HUGE (17 tons in one London sewer) clog that stops up the system. It takes a lot of work and expense to clear those fatbergs and get things running again.

Now, the fatberg type of clog has hit near home with repeated FOG clogs in Polk County’s sewer system. They’ve become more common, officials say, because of the growing population in Polk.

Fatbergs are not only a problem in government systems. They also cause problems for home and business owners as the FOG that’s dumped into drains builds up and stops up your plumbing system. The problem gets even worse around Thanksgiving as turkeys and other cooking become more intense.

As with many things in life, prevention is the best cure for fatbergs.

“If you make a lot of grease at one time, say, frying a turkey, some areas offer fat and oil recycling to get rid of it and actually turn it into useful biofuel,” advises. “For smaller amounts of grease, let it solidify in the pan or in a jar, then throw the solid grease in the trash can. Make sure to wipe the greasy pan or dish with a paper towel to soak up the rest. Try to get as much as possible of the grease and oil into the trash instead of the drainjust the little bit that washes out with the wastewater can cause problems over time, especially in areas with high populations like cities.”

No matter how careful you are, FOG can still get into your drains. quotes one expert who explains: “People try to discharge their oil and grease properly, but over time, you can get a fair amount of oil and grease from washing pots, pans and dishware. … The cumulative impact could be substantial. It’s that long-term consistent discharge of that oil and grease, even if it’s a small amount at a time, which could lead to problems.”

If that happens to you 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.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the Tampa Bay 24-hour plumber of choice since 1924 when he first opened for business. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is open 24/7/365 in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Days, nights, weekends, or holidays, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here for you even on Thanksgiving day. 

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