How does FOG impact the sewer system?

Fats, oils, and grease, known collectively as FOG, represent the most serious enemy of our sewer lines. FOG poured down the drains forms large, thick grease balls that accumulate inside sewer pipes. As the FOG builds up, it restricts the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, resulting in high costs for cleanup and restoration.

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Important! When a sewer backup occurs to the private property, the homeowner or business owner is responsible for the cleanup.  

If you suspect you have a sewer backup, remember to call Spotsylvania County Utilities first. A qualified technician will be dispatched to help you evaluate the problem.  For more information, view the Report Sanitary Sewer Backup or Stoppage page

For more information about FOG, view the Fats, Oils & Grease page.

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1. What is FOG?
2. How does FOG impact the sewer system?
3. Why shouldn't FOG go down the drain?
4. What can I do to help prevent FOG damage?
5. What should I do if I experience a sewer blockage or overflow?
6. What do I do with the oil used in deep fryers at home?