Keep Your Sewer FOG Free

Keep Your Sewer FOG Free

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>>Bob: WELCOME BACK TO NORFOLK
PERSPECTIVES. THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND
THE CORNER WHICH MEANS YOU’RE GOING TO BE DOING A LOT OF
COOKING IN THE KITCHEN AND IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, YOU
HAVE A POTENTIAL CLOGGED DRAIN. AND THIS MAN ON THE SOFA, I GOT
TO TELL YOU FROM THE GET-GO, SAVED MY LIFE.
BRIAN WILSON, ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST, DEPARTMENT OF
UTILITIES. HOW ARE YOU DOING?
>>I’M WELL.>>Bob: YOU COME HERE
PERIODICALLY AND I FINALLY DECIDED TO LISTEN TO YOU.
MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL DIED AND I HAVEN’T BEEN USING IT AT ALL AND
IT HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.>>USE A STRAINER LIKE WE HAVE
TO THE TABLE THERE, A SINK STRAINER TO CATCH ALL THE FOOD
PARTICLES THAT SHOULDN’T BE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN AND THEY GO
IN THE TRASH. THAT’S WHERE A LOT OF GREASE AND
OIL COMES FROM IS WITHIN THE FOOD ITSELF.
>>Bob: NOW, I GOT TO TELL YOU, YOU’VE CHANGED MY LIFE.
NOT THAT I’VE ENJOYED IT, BECAUSE IT DOES — MY WIFE DID
NOT GROW UP WITH A GARBAGE DISPOSAL, SO THEY KNEW WHAT TO
DO. THE LITTLE PAPER BAG THAT THE
NEWSPAPER COMES IN, KEEPS THAT AS A VEGETABLE BAG AND PUTS THAT
STUFF IN AND SEALS IT UP.>>IF YOU HAVE A BIG YARD, YOU
CAN COMPOST, TURN IT INTO SOMETHING USEABLE.
IT BREAKS DOWN –>>Bob: BRIAN, THAT’S — YEAH,
THE COMPOSTING IS REALLY BIG. SO WHAT OTHER KIND OF SECRETS —
FIRST OF ALL, WHY DOES IT MATTER?
COME ON, WHAT’S A LITTLE BIT OF CELERY STRING AND BACON GREASE?
>>IT ALL COMBINES WITH THE GREASE AND OIL THAT EVENTUALLY
DOES GET DOWN THE DRAIN. MOST OF IT’S ACCIDENTAL, BUT IT
DOES MAKE ITS WAY INTO THE DRAIN AND WHEN YOU HAVE FOOD PARTICLES
THAT COMBINE WITH THAT, IT JUST SPEEDS UP THE CLOGGING OF THE
DRAIN.>>Bob: AND YOU CARRY THIS
AROUND WITH YOU ALL THE TIME, DON’T YOU?
>>I JUST BRING IT HERE.>>Bob: JUST HERE?
BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUT 90,000 HOUSEHOLDS, IT DOES ADD UP,
DOESN’T IT?>>YEAH, IT DOES.
I THINK THERE’S A PICTURE WE’RE GOING TO SEE ABOUT A CHUNK OF
GREASE THAT CAME OUT OF AN 8-INCH SEWER MAIN THAT WAS IN A
RESIDENTIAL AREA. IT’S JUST FROM ALL THE FAMILIES
THAT ACCIDENTALLY PUT A LITTLE BIT OF FOOD OR GREASE IN THE
DRAIN AND IT ALL ADDS UP.>>Bob: NOW, OKAY, WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT STUFF DOWN THE DRAIN, SOME OF IT IS KIND OF — WHAT WAS A
SURPRISE TO ME, WORKING MY WAY THROUGH THIS, PANCAKE MIX AND
CAKE MIX? THAT JUST KIND OF WASHES
THROUGH, RIGHT?>>SOME OF IT DOES, BUT A LOT OF
TIMES, IT WON’T. IT DEPENDS ON THE AGE OF THE
SEWER SYSTEM AND THE GRADE. THERE’S A LOT OF FACTORS THAT GO
INTO IT. HOW MUCH WATER IS USED TO FLUSH
IT THROUGH, HOW FAR IT HAS TO TRAVEL.
BUT A LOT OF IT WINDS UP CLINGING TO THE PIPE AT SOME
POINT AND IT BUILDS UP OVER TIME.
>>Bob: OKAY, THERE’S A MYTH, IN FACT ONE OF OUR PREVIOUS GUESTS
MENTIONED THIS AS SHE GOT OFF THE SOFA, I WON’T SAY WHICH ONE:
“WELL, I USE LOTS OF HOT WATER.” YOU DIDN’T LET ME GET AWAY WITH
THAT. WHY DIDN’T THE HOT WATER TRICK
WORK?>>IT WILL EVENTUALLY TURN COLD
AND IN THE WINTERTIME, IT TURNS COLD EVEN FASTER, SO THAT’S WHEN
OUR PROBLEMS INCREASE, IN THE COLDER MONTHS WITH GREASE AND
OIL JUST — THE HOT WATER DOESN’T CARRY IT AS FAR.
>>Bob: AND IT STARTS TO CLOG. OKAY, YOU BROUGHT SOME STUFF
HERE. THESE ARE PROPS, BUT ALSO
MAGICAL TOOLS IN YOUR TRADE, RIGHT?
>>SURE. WHEN YOU’RE COOKING, TAKE THE
GREASE, INSTEAD OF GOING IN THE DRAIN, IT SHOULD GO INTO A
CONTAINER, AN OLD CAN OF BEANS OR SOMETHING THAT WAS USED.
PUT A LID ON IT, PUT IT IN THE FREEZER, LET IT HARDEN, AND THEN
THROW IT IN THE TRASH. AND AFTER DINNER, SCRAPE YOUR
PLATES, USE — I USE UTENSILS, BUT ANYTHING THAT CAN SCRAPE THE
PLATE AND GET ALL THE FOOD INTO THE SOLID TRASH AND THEN THEY GO
IN THE SINK TO BE WASHED.>>Bob: I’M GOING TO DO THAT
BECAUSE AFTER I TOOK YOUR LESSON, I STARTED FEEDING MY DOG
WHICH WAS LEFT AND SHE’S A NUISANCE DURING DINNER, SO IF I
JUST SCRAPE IT IN THE TRASH, I’M OKAY.
I SEE THE FLUSHABLE WIPES. NOT SOMETHING THAT I USE, BUT I
THO WHEN OUR GIRLS WERE GROWING UP QUITE OFTEN —
>>THAT’S A MYTH. THE PACKAGING SAYS THEY’RE
FLUSHABLE, BUT THEY’RE NOT. THEY’VE BEEN TESTED AND THEY
DON’T BREAK DOWN AS WELL AS TOILET TISSUE DOES, SO WE’RE
ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO USE THEM BECAUSE THEY DON’T BREAK DOWN
AND THEY WIND UP CLOGGING THE DRAIN AS WELL GO — AS WELL.
>>Bob: IT’S A HOLIDAY SHOW, ON I DON’T WANT TO GET TOO MUCH
INTO THOSE HABITS, BUT THERE’S SIMPLE RULES TO FOLLOW, RIGHT?
>>THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE FLUSH THAT SHOULDN’T BE.
WE HAVE A STICKER FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES THAT WANT TO PUT THEM
IN THEIR RESTROOMS TO REMIND THE USERS WHAT SHOULDN’T BE GOING
DOWN THE DRAIN, DOWN THE TOILET. WE HAVE DIAPERS, TRASH, PAPER
TOWELS, HYGIENE PRODUCTS, AND WIPES.
EVEN THE ONES THAT SAY FLUSHABLE SHOULDN’T GO DOWN THE DRAIN.
>>Bob: OKAY. AND AGAIN, WE’RE LOOKING OUT FOR
THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, BUT HAVE IT — I SAID YOU SAVED MY LIFE
AND ONE REASON MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL DIED IS THAT CLOG CAME
UP RIGHT INTO MY SING SINK, SO IT CAN BE A PERSONAL NUISANCE.
>>SURE AND YOU DON’T WANT TO BE CALLING A PLUMBER OVER THE
HOLIDAYS BECAUSE THAT CAN BE EXPENSIVE.
>>Bob: THERE’S A PLUMBER THAT HAD A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS LAST
YEAR THANKS TO ME. BRIAN, I FEEL TOTALLY COMPELLED
TO WISH YOU OF ALL PEOPLE HOLIDAY.
>>THANK YOU, SAME TO YOU BOB.>>Bob: WE’D LIKE TO SEE WHAT
YOU WANT TO SEE A TV-48, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT’S GOING
ON IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. GIVE US A HOLLER AT 664-6510.
AS USUAL, IT’S A WONDERFUL TIME TO BE IN NORFOLK BECAUSE OF YOU
AND YOU. THANKS A LOT.

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