Protect Your Pipes During the Holidays and Always

Thanksgiving cooking generates a lot of fats, oils, and grease. To keep your pipes healthy and free-flowing, avoid dumping fats, oils and grease down your drain. They can clog pipes and even combine with other materials to make huge blockages called "fatbergs" in wastewater pipes and at wastewater treatment plants.

To safely dispose of fats, oils and grease, pour them into an aluminum can, freeze, then dump them in your trash.

Kitchen sinks are not the only source of clogs. You may know all too well that that bathroom backups happen, too. Avoid using the toilet as a trash can to prevent backups and be careful with flushable wipes. They may flush down the toilet, but they do not break down easily and can contribute to clogs. Band-aids, cigarettes, tampons, dental floss and cat litter are just a few of the things you should put in trash cans, not toilets.

Salem's Public Works crews work hard to maintain sewer pipes and protect them from overflows with regular cleaning, inspecting and grouting of more than 800 miles of sanitary sewer lines in Salem, Keizer and Turner to avoid clogs. Your help keeping pipes clean is the first step in preventing backups and keeping Salem's wastewater pipes flowing.

Find more information on how to protect your pipes.

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