We all cook with it, but grease can be a real pain in the drain.
The sewage water overflow on 5th Street in Greenville than ran into the Tar River on Friday is just the latest example of how big of a problem grease can be.
"When we ran our hose down to unstop the main we saw big chunks of grease come out," explained Troy Perkins, water resources systems superintendent at Greenville Utilities.
He said it doesn't take much to start a blockage.
"This time of year in the winter, the air that gets drawn in through vent pipes can cool off the water there a little bit which helps make the grease solidify. It will start to build up and grease starts stacking on grease and next thing you know we have a blockage," said Perkins.
Restaurants that use massive amounts of cooking oil are required to dump their grease into separate containers so it can be disposed of or recycled.
Perkins says just dumping the grease from your day to day meals at home into the sink can cause a clog.
"There really is no good way to put grease down the sink," he said.
Many people think washing grease down the drain with hot water is safe, but Perkins says its not.
"After a while the water cools off and the grease solidifies again. It will make it run out of your sink pretty quick but once it gets in the ground, in the pipes where they cool off, the grease will solidify and the problems begin," explained Perkins.
Instead, dump it in a container and throw it out or wipe grease out with a paper towel and toss in the garbage.
You can pick also pick up a free "Cease the Grease" lid for free at any G.U.C location.
Either way, remember to think - before you clog the sink.
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