Don’t pour grease down drain this Thanksgiving

Grease and oils can clog your pipes, leading to backups

close up of stainless steel sink plug hole

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – You are probably just hours away from putting your turkey in the oven, but you want to make sure that when you prepare your Thanksgiving meal, you don’t pour the grease down the drain.

Whether it is turkey grease, cooking oils, or fats- it is not a good idea to pour it down your drain or flush it down the toilet.

Similar to how fatty foods can clog your arteries, too much grease can build up on the side of sewer drains and clog your pipes, or worse- cause a sewer backup. The fat can congeal and harden as it cools in your pipes, and you will have to call a plumber.

22News went to Foster Farrar True Value Hardware in Northampton to find out how you can safely get rid of that grease, oil, and fat.

“Probably the best way to get rid of it is either in a plastic tub, if you are done using it, or a Cool Whip container. Just put it in the refrigerator and freeze it again, or put it in a plastic bag and put that in the freezer, and zip that up, and dispose of it in your trash,” manager Michael Stack said.

You can also mix the grease with some cat litter before you throw it away.

Other helpful Turkey Day tips include scraping food from dirty dishes as much as possible, always using a sink strainer, and trying to avoid using the garbage disposal.

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