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Union County, North Carolina

Stop the Sewer Clogs

Stop the Clogs

The two biggest causes of sewer clogs are “flushable” wipes and FOG (fats, oils and grease). These clogs lead to sewer backups and sanitary sewer overflows. The good news is that they are preventable. All it takes is a few small changes in your daily routine to help keep pipes free flowing. Please team with Union County Public Works in taking steps to protect our sewer system, homes and environment.

FOG Comes From

Meat Fats, Fried Foods, Scraps, Cooking Oil, Baked Goods, Butter, Margarine, Dairy Products

FOG in a pipe
FOG DOs
  • DO keep grease out of your wash water. Scrape excess off dishes, pots and pans with a paper towel before washing them.
  • DO put oil and grease in collection containers and dispose of in the trash.
  • DO place food scraps in the garbage.
  • DO reuse your cooking oil and grease.
FOG DON'Ts
  • DON'T pour fat, oil and grease down the drain. Flushing it with hot water or soap doesn't help.
  • DON'T put oily, greasy foods down the garbage disposal.
  • DON'T use the drain as a means of disposing of foods.
  • DON'T pour grease down storm drains.


Wipes Clog Pipes

Even if the label says “flushable,” disposable wipes will clog the sewer system. It can take weeks or even months before they disintegrate, so they begin to accumulate in drain pipes, leading to a bigger and bigger clog that forms. Unfortunately, most people who flush them fail to realize this until it's too late and require the services of a plumber. The best method of disposal is to simply toss them into a trash can. You will save yourself a large repair bill, as well as the inconvenience that goes with a clogged toilet and drain.

Restaurant Resources

Union County Public Works has developed and is now implementing its program for restaurant owners and operators to reduce FOG. Our goal is to create a seamless transition for you to meet the program's guidelines. We look forward to working with you to protect our environment, streams and rivers, businesses and homes from FOG-related backups and overflows.


Additional resources are listed below. If you have any questions, contact Eugene Hudson at 704-221-8737 or eugene.hudson@unioncountync.gov.