Cool it, Can it, Trash it (or Recycle it)
Fats, oil and grease from food preparation and cleanup can result in a sewage backup into your home. When you wash or dump that gooey stuff down the kitchen sink drain, it can build up in your private side sewer or the public sewer main and block it.
To prevent blockages in sewer pipes from fats, oil and grease (“FOG” for short) Bellevue Utilities recommends doing the following when you’re washing your dishes:
- Pour fats, oils and grease into a disposable container, such as a jar or can. Put it in the freezer and throw it in the trash after the FOG has hardened.
- Use paper towels or napkins from meals to wipe greasy dishes before washing. Put them in your food and yard waste cart.
- Use sink strainers to catch food waste and put scraps in your food and yard waste cart.
- Recycling any unwanted leftovers in your food and yard waste cart instead of using garbage disposals reduces unwanted FOG.
- Residents of single-family homes, apartments and condos can recycle their cooking oil with Republic Services. Call 425-452-4762 for details.
Bellevue Utilities also encourages residents to check their homeowners insurance to make sure they have coverage for repairs or damages caused by sewer backups.