The two biggest causes of sewer clogs are “flushable” wipes and FOG (fats, oils and grease). These clogs lead to sewer backups and sanitary sewer overflows. The good news is that they are preventable. All it takes is a few small changes in your daily routine to help keep pipes free flowing. Please team with Union County Public Works in taking steps to protect our sewer system, homes and environment.
Meat Fats, Fried Foods, Scraps, Cooking Oil, Baked Goods, Butter, Margarine, Dairy Products
Even if the label says “flushable,” disposable wipes will clog the sewer system. It can take weeks or even months before they disintegrate, so they begin to accumulate in drain pipes, leading to a bigger and bigger clog that forms. Unfortunately, most people who flush them fail to realize this until it's too late and require the services of a plumber. The best method of disposal is to simply toss them into a trash can. You will save yourself a large repair bill, as well as the inconvenience that goes with a clogged toilet and drain.
Union County Public Works has developed and is now implementing its program for restaurant owners and operators to reduce FOG. Our goal is to create a seamless transition for you to meet the program's guidelines. We look forward to working with you to protect our environment, streams and rivers, businesses and homes from FOG-related backups and overflows.
Additional resources are listed below. If you have any questions, contact Shannon Bryne at 704-221-8737 or via email.