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Be thankful for clean pipes and Can the Grease when preparing holiday meals

MIAMI (November 20, 2017)

The turkey is golden brown, the pies are cooling on the rack, the table is set beautifully, so the last thing you need to do before sitting down and sharing what you are thankful for shouldn’t be trying to call a plumber because you have a sewer backup.

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is encouraging residents to make peace with their pipes and dispose of all food scraps in the garbage, rather than down the garbage disposal and to make sure plates are scraped clean before placing in the dishwasher.

Another important tip is to make sure you do not pour hot grease down the drain. Once it cools, it will harden again and cause clogs. If it clogs within a home’s pipes and causes a backup, then that is the homeowner’s responsibility to repair. Instead, pour the grease into a can, let it cool and throw it away in the garbage.

“There are no Black Friday discounts for plumbers making emergency repairs at homes,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “In 2016, department staff repaired nearly 700 clogs at a cost of more than $480,000 that were caused by items that shouldn’t have been disposed of down drains or flushed down toilets. If we all made some small changes in habits, it would make significant results, not only during the holidays, but year-round.”

For a list of items that shouldn’t be washed down the drain or flushed down the toilet, as well as a Can the Grease Video, check out WASD’s Think Before You Flush page.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the department’s website.