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Avoiding festive drain drama

While catering and front of house teams will be planning everything for Christmas with meticulous detail, they may be paying little attention to what goes down the sink.

Christmas and New Year are a popular time for friends and families to get together, both at home and in pubs, restaurants and other outlets now that the world has opened back up. While catering and front of house teams will be planning everything with meticulous detail, they may be paying little attention to what goes down the sink.

All too often, Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) are disposed of down the drain. TurkeyBerg is the official Christmas term for the FOG that will gather in sewers following the festive season and can have a disastrous effect on not just the drains on your commercial property, but in the local area, too.

Imagine you’re sitting one evening drinking a Gin and Tonic (or coke) with a slice of lime, few cubes of ice and a bamboo straw. What happens when a small piece of the lime gets stuck in the straw? There is a build-up of liquid on the other side. This is what happens when FOG enters the drain system, the FOG cools down, solidifies and causes a blockage.

Fat, Oil and Grease in its liquid form may not look harmful, but once in the drains, it is. Detergents and bleach may appear to work, but this is only temporary. When a drain becomes blocked and overflows, the consequences can be devastating. We can all play a part in maintaining the sewerage infrastructure and it’s especially important for the hospitality industry.

- Turkey fat: Pour the warm fat into a glass jar or bowl and leave to cool. Next time you are roasting meat, vegetables or potatoes – put a spoonful of turkey fat on! Especially on roast potatoes.

- Nature-friendly crafts: Grab some pine cones, paint the FOG on them and leave outside for a pine cone bird feeder. This is a great message to spread on your social media, too from an environmentally friendly and ‘caring about wildlife’ perspective.

- If you have a small amount of grease in the pan, let it cool and wipe the excess grease off with a paper towel and dispose in the bin.

And whilst we are on the topic of paper towels and napkins – we need to do all we can to ensure your customers (and staff) don’t dispose of them down the toilet! If there is grease on them it will solidify and cause a blockage in your drainage system, but equally they are not designed to be flushed – grease or not – and can wreak havoc. Not the look you’re going for when encouraging people to enjoy the festive season with you!

For more advice, or if you need assistance with a drainage issue, the TWC Drain Care team is on hand to help. Please contact us on 0333 344 1931.

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