RC officials give tips to avoid clogged pipes this holiday season

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City officials remind the public this holiday season to be kind to your pipes.

Be Kind To PipesThey are saying to avoid pouring FOG: fats, oils and grease, down the kitchen sink. Doing so could cause sewer clogs.

“This holiday weekend, more time is likely to be spent cooking in the kitchen,” said Rapid City Water Reclamation Superintendent Dave Van Cleave. “It’s tempting, but it’s important not to pour the drippings from the turkey down the sink, or pour the oil from a deep fat fryer down the sink. And if you have a house full of visitors, it’s important that only toilet paper is flushed down the toilet to avoid sewer backups.  A little planning in the kitchen and communication with holiday guests for the bathroom will go a long way in preventing the inconvenience of backups and possibly costly repairs.”

In addition, toilet paper should be the only thing flushed down the toilet as heavier items will cause sewer backups and could lead to costly repairs.

“Toilet paper breaks down in water but heavier products do not degrade and can be the main cause for blockages that lead to sewer backups. Flushable wipes are flushable only because they fit into the toilet but they can be a major cause of backups,” Van Cleave said. “Products other than toilet paper should be placed in the trash and not down the toilet.”

Van Cleave says some helpful hints in the kitchen this holiday season include:

  • Don’t pour turkey drippings down the sink, even one pan of drippings can completely clog your drain pipe.
  • Don’t rinse butter or heavy whipping cream down the sink as it can solidify your drain pipe and sewer line, causing blockages.
  • Pouring gallons of oil from a deep fryer can damage plumbing and lead to a sewer overflow.
  • Instead of pouring fats, oils and greases down sink, toilet or storm drains, pour the liquids into a container, sealing and disposing of the container.
  • Pots, pans and dishes can be wiped down with a dry paper towel before rinsing or washing.
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